August 2015

EJ Ainger

Model cannon and garden furniture among collectables auction

A model cannon is one of the more unusual items on offer at E.J. Ainger’s latest sale from 9.30am Tuesday September 1 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction features a collection of cast iron garden furniture including benches, tables, chairs, animal ornaments, large urns, plant and hall stands.

Antique furniture from a country property outside Bright in Victoria is another attraction.

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Kim's Auctions

Bulleen collector's antiques go under the hammer

Bulleen collector Miwas Grapsa has sold his house – now the furniture and collectables he has built up over the years must go and Kim’s Auction has been asked to handle the sale on site from 11am Sunday August 30 at 40 Summit Drive, Bulleen.

Clock collectors will have a field day with 50 French, English bronze and marble clock sets set to go under the hammer.

The antique furniture range is extensive and includes a French Louis XV walnut secretaire and an Italian walnut inlaid extension dining table with 10 chairs.

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One of Australia's great collections heads for auction

The late Peter Elliott probably could not have avoided becoming a collector – given that both his parents and grandparents were avid art followers who counted among their friends many of Australia’s established and emerging artists.

These friendships were only strengthened during the 1930s Great Depression as the Elliotts were quick to show their generosity, kindness and support to many a struggling artisan.

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Abbeys Auctions

Rare Doulton figure heads Abbeys auction

A rare William White 1920 Royal Doulton figure The Coquette wearing a blue dress is a major feature of Abbeys Auctions forthcoming special sale from 10am Saturday August 29 at 480-482a Station Street, Box Hill.

Examples of this extremely rare piece seldom appear on the auction market and are keenly sought after internationally by serious collectors. 

It is listed in the monthly e-magazine Collectables Price Guide Monthly (HN20 The Coquette, blue) at US$7250. 

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Weg posters go under the hammer

A collection of Weg posters and other items from the late Herald Sun cartoonist’s estate will be auctioned from 9.30am Friday August 28 by Young’s Auctions 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The collection includes a rare AFL Grand Final poster of the losing team (featuring 2007 runner up Port Adelaide) and the Donald Friend painting Cattle Drinking, estimated at $40,000-$50,000.

Weg always prepared posters for both grand finalists but the caricature of the losing team was never released to the public.

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Leonard Joel

Modern design auction pays tribute to the importance of living

Leonard Joel’s August modern design auction is an enticing collection of 20th century furniture including fast moving 1970s and 1980s trends.

The auction develops the company’s relationship with New Zealand-based Mr Bigglesworthy and features exciting sculptural pieces and restored and carefully sourced Danish and American classics.

This sale, from 6.30pm Thursday August 27 at 333 Malvern Road South Yarra, pays tribute to the fact that today’s living spaces are the most important areas of dwelling and relaxation, both for entertainment and work.

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EJ Ainger

Steinbach boudoir piano auction highlight

E.J. Ainger’s first weekly sale after its special auction 10 days ago features a Steinbach boudoir piano.

The auction will begin at 9.30 Tuesday August 25 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond and included Victorian mahogany items and cedar two-door bookcases.

French decorative items including display cabinets and occasional pieces are another drawcard – while for the more rustic minded there is a farmhouse table on offer.

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Sothebys Australia

Rare paintings in Sotheby's Australia auction

More than 100 art works with an estimated value of $5.9 million to $8.2 million are being offered at Sotheby’s Australia Important Australian Art sale from 6.30pm Tuesday August 25 at the InterContinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street in Sydney.

The auction features a strong selection of historical, modern and contemporary Australian art.

Of particular note is Sidney Nolan’s The Emu Hunt 1949 – never before exhibited in Australia since it left Australian soil more than 60 years ago.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Mini camp stove a reminder of Mt Everest tragedy

A mini camp stove especially adapted for extreme altitudes and weather conditions – and used in 1933 in the hunt for missing Mt Everest explorers George Mallory and Andrew Irvine – will be part of a special Steve Graham auction from 10am Sunday August 23 at 64 Urquhart Street, Woodend.

The stove, which may well be unique, was modified for use in high altitudes by Scottish climber Percy Unna.

Mallory and Irvine were part of an ill-fated 1924 British expedition to conquer the world’s tallest mountain.

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Glenelg Auctions

Rare militaria among auction treasures

Two rare 1876 and 1886 big game Winchester rifles are among a strong selection of militaria items at Glenelg Auctions forthcoming sale from 10.30am Sunday August 23 at 109 Learmonth Street, Portland.

The auction features a rare Japanese warlord’s 1470s matchlock musket (catalogue estimate $4750-$4995) and three American Civil War carbines.

Other fascinating antique firearms include a Remington cartridge conversion revolving rifle ($6500-$7500 estimate) and a cased pair of goldminers percussion pistols.

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