February 2014


Damien Oliver auction photo leads to autumn racing

With Melbourne’s autumn racing carnival about to get underway, auction goers might be interested in a signed photo of jockey Damien Oliver riding Doriemus to victory in the 1995 Melbourne Cup.

The photo will be one of the items to be auctioned from 9.30am Friday at Young’s Auctions 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

Art lovers should appreciate the rose still life by Australian artist John Loxton, who died in 1969 and whose paintings have brought up to $7,000 at auction.

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Menzies Art Brands

Buyers now have chance for virtual viewing of art works on home walls before purchase

Brett Whiteley’s Platypus – perhaps the most compelling image from his Zoo publication of 1979 – will be a major highlight for Lawson-Menzies first offerings for 2014.

The auction, from 6.30pm on Thursday February 27 at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington in Sydney, will comprise 283 works.

Prior to the sale, works will be on view in Melbourne from 10am-5.30pm Thursday February 13 to Sunday February 16 at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

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Cricket lover's unusual homage a sporting memorabilia auction attraction

An ornate mother-of-pearl, hand painted visiting card case commissioned by the second man to ever captain an English cricket team, the Honourable George Harris, was undoubtedly a unique way to pay homage to the sport he loved – given that most would have settled for a stump, bail, bat, ball or item of clothing.

He even had the case painted with a cricket scene on one side and a self-portrait on the other.

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EJ Ainger

French furnishings from Toorak an auction feature


E.J. Ainger’s latest auction, from 9.30am Tuesday at 433 Bridge Road Richmond, will feature decorative French furnishings from a home in Orrong Road, Toorak and a large consignment of teak retro furniture.

The auction also contains English 20th century furniture, ceiling lights, genuine Persian rugs, paintings and graphics, marble and grandfather clocks and taxidermy items.

Another auction feature is the decorative Egyptian and estate furnishing available and a broad range of collectables.

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Fine Arts Auctions

History and antiques mesh at Bishops Palace

Walking through Bishops Palace in Ballarat, it is almost impossible to separate the historic from the antique.

Yet owners Robert and Vikki Smith have done an excellent job of furnishing the mansion with magnificent items that reflect its late 19th century birthright.

Bishops Palace, at 1444 Sturt Street Ballarat, was purpose built in 1876 as the official residence for the first Bishop of Ballarat, Dr Michael O’Connor.

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Christian McCann Auctions

A tailor's tale about Squizzy Taylor

When notorious 1920s underworld identity Joseph “Squizzy” Taylor was fatally wounded in October 1927 by fellow gangster John “Snowy” Cutmore, he was apparently wearing a suit made by George Symons grandfather.

“My grandfather (also named George) had a tailor’s shop in the Block Arcade overlooking Collins Street and made suits for professional people and businessmen,” George said.

“Squizzy also used to have his suits made there and always paid cash – so, from a business point of view, my grandfather very much lamented his passing.”

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Contemporary jewellery an auction highlight

Contemporary jewellery, including a Tiffany ring, from one collector is a highlight of Young’s Auctions from 9.30am Friday February 21 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The jewellery attraction will continue for auction goers with some 20 lots, comprising gold rings and semi-precious stones, from one estate and a collection of Selangor pewter Lord of the Rings limited edition statues.

The statues feature leading players Gandolph and Frodo along with several dragon figures.

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Tasmanian business icon's stamp collection to be auctioned

Sir Henry Somerset was synonymous with economic development in Tasmania. An industrial chemist, his name was inextricably linked with Burnie and Associated Pulp and Paper Mills (APPM), Goliath Cement at Railton and Australian Titan Products (Tioxide) at Heybridge.

As APPM’s CEO, Sir Henry oversaw the company’s rise to one of Australia’s leading industrial entities and also served on CSIRO’s advisory board.

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EJ Ainger

An auction that is heaven for restorers

Restorers and the home handyman (or woman) will be in their element fossicking among E.J. Ainger’s restoration gems from 9.30am on Tuesday at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction house’s back room is full of restoration and decorator items while the front room contains Victorian and Australian 19th century furniture.

This includes a fine secretaire two-door bookcase, burr walnut wardrobe, credenza and a music canterbury.

There also is a large number of interesting collectable including paintings and floor rugs.

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Philips Auctions

Travelling collectors auction Aboriginal art gems

It is rare these days to find collectors of Aboriginal art who actually travel to the communities to meet the artists and purchase the works first hand.

However, Michael and Janet Strachan did exactly that when about 20 years ago they first visited the Kimberley region of Western Australia and fell in love with the landscape and its art.

Their first contact was with the Warmun community – the home of what were to become iconic Aboriginal artists like Rover Thomas, Jack Britten and Queenie McKenzie - and famous for its ochre paintings.

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