December 2015

Steve Graham Auctioneer

Australia's pioneering past goes to auction

Porcupine Township at Maldon is your typical Australian pioneer village of the 1850s – a la Sovereign Hill at Ballarat.

Established in the early 1990s, it was a popular tourist attraction among those interested in seeing life in a gold mining community in colonial times first hand until purchased about five years ago by the current owners and closed down.

The township itself is now up for sale and auctioneer Steve Graham has been asked to dispose of those contents that will not affect the running of the village should the new owners decide to reopen it.

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Abbeys Auctions

Auction too good for home handymen and tradies to miss

Home handymen and professional tradesmen will have a field day at Abbeys Auctions last sale for 2015 choosing from a large country collection of woodworking and metalworking tools.

The auction, from 9am Friday December 18 at 480-482a Station Street, Box Hill, will feature a water pump, table planer, McMillan horizontal band saw, 10cfm compressor, Bishamon 500-kilogram manual forklift, Mig and Arc welders and hand tools.

Also on the agenda is a range of general household furniture.



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Tinge of sadness to final auction

While there is a tinge of sadness among staff and management at the thought that this will be their final ever sale, Young’s Auctions is going out in style with its last offerings contain an absolute bonanza of Christmas gift ideas.

This swansong auction will be held from 9.30am Friday December 18 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn and promises to attract one of the largest crowds in Young’s 85-year history.

According to director Ian Young they will not be disappointed.

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EJ Ainger

Christmas auction to feature several estates

E.J. Ainger’s final auction for 2015 is notable for the residual contents of several estates from Hawthorn, Toorak, Malvern, Brighton and Reservoir along with several private consignments.

The auction will begin at 9.30 on Tuesday December 15 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond and includes antique English, French and Australian furniture along with contemporary pieces such as Tessa leather chairs oriental offerings.

There also is an interesting range of industrial furniture and gilded antique and contemporary mirrors and prints.

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Abbeys Auctions

Go online auctioning for Christmas or turn up to the classic sale

Abbeys Auctions latest online auction starts at 7pm Wednesday December 9 and runs until 7pm Friday December 18.

The auction house’s next Classic and Collectables auction begins at 10am Saturday December 12 at 482A Station Street, Box Hill and features highly collectable jewellery and furniture. 

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Glenelg Auctions

Monster auction sale for Christmas

A monster two-day auction of art, antiques, English porcelain, alcohol, glassware, garden items and collectables will be held from 11am Saturday December 12 and Sunday December 13 at Ballarat Mill Markets 9367 Western Highway Warrenheip, Ballarat.

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Vendors inundate auction house before it closes down

As Young’s Auctions inches closer to its final ever sale next week, vendors are inundating the auction house with a plethora of items that will undoubtedly suit many buyers in the countdown to Christmas.

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Leonard Joel

Women artists to the fore in Christmas art auction

Several predominantly South Australian rare and collectable modernists comprise the majority of a boutique selection of early 20th century art that goes under the hammer from 2pm Thursday December 10 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The 100 works – from a private Adelaide collection – feature several quality artists who are not necessarily as well known as some of their more famous counterparts.

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Menzies Art Brands

The rarest of Australian art in Menzies auction

The usual high profile modern artists – led by John Brack’s Adagio 1967-69 (lot 41) with a $600,000-$800,000 estimate – are guaranteed to pull a large auction crowd at Menzies final sale for the year from 6.30pm Thursday December 10 at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington in Sydney.

Possibly of greater interest is a group of seven rare works by colonial painter Thomas Tyrwhitt Balcombe (1810-1861) who was born on St Helena – home of exiled French Emperor Napoleon – before moving in 1824 with his family to Sydney, where his father had been appointed colonial treasurer.

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Extraordinaire Christmas shopping at Mossgreen auction

Mossgreen’s Quarterly Collectors Auctions Series should just about wrap up the Christmas shopping for those auction goers looking for relatively inexpensive unusual gifts.

The sale will be held from 2pm Tuesday December 8 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Right from Lot 1 – an art deco enamelled nickel travelling clock – many of the offerings are not part of the normal Christmas fare displayed in large department stores.

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