June 2020

Menzies Art Brands

Important Australian art auction as Menzies tests collector market

After holding its first auction for 2020 in February, like many other Australian auction houses Menzies was obliged to hold off on its next Australian & International Fine Art & Sculpture sale until the deadly conditions caused by the coronavirus pandemic that swept the globe improved nationally.

Although the crisis is far from over in many other countries – and Australia is still facing troublesome hotspots with lockdowns in some Melbourne suburbs – Menzies is preparing for its forthcoming July 9 sale from 6.30pm at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington in Sydney.

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Gibsons Auctions

20th century design auction a ready homemaker

Twentieth century design will come under the microscope when Gibson’s Auctions puts forward 240 lots for auction from 2pm Monday June 29 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

Modern design sales in the past have proved popular with auction goers and this one promises to be no exception with many unusual items up for grabs and ready to adorn contemporary homes.

Buyers are bound to be enthusiastic right from the auction’s start with lot 1, an unusual circa 1950s ceramic lamp by Le Vacour, Vallauris, offering strong appeal for its unusual design. 

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Leski Auctions

Huge Australian decorativew arts auction defies odds in pandemic world

Leski Auctions is optimistically defying the odds of the Australian Government COVID-19 pandemic restrictions with big sales to attract the allowed but severely limited number of in-room auction goers along with absentee, phone and online bidders.

Its latest effort – a Decorative Arts & Collectables auction from 10am Sunday June 28 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale – lists 912 lots covering a wide range of collectables from silver to international and decorative arts, furniture, paintings, jewellery, clocks and a Winston Churchill collection.

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Gibsons Auctions

Gibson's cautiously opens doors for Melbourne art auction

Like several other Melbourne auction houses who are cautiously opening their doors to auction goers as COVID-19 pandemic restrictions ease throughout Australia, Gibson’s Auctions can now allow up to 20 people in its rooms at 885-889 High Street, Armadale for its forthcoming Australian Art and Photography sale from 6.30pm Monday June 15.

The remainder will be able to bid online, by telephone or through absentee bidding.

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Philips Auctions

Philips anticipates live auction after pandemic layoff

An air of anticipation pervades Philips Auctions rooms at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern as staff eagerly await the start of their first live decorative arts auction since the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown swung into action mid-March and all sales suddenly ceased.

Up to 20 auction goers are allowed in the rooms at any one time with more able to join proceedings online or via absentee or telephone bidding from noon Sunday June 14.

One of the highlights is the catalogue front cover cloisonne Buddha (lot 88), a magnificent large scale bronzed copper probably Republic era piece.

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David Boyd estate paintings hit auction market

Works from the estate of Australian artist David Boyd – part of a family dynasty of painters and sculptures that included such notaries as father Arthur Merric Boyd and brother Arthur – will see the auction light of day for the first time when newly established auction house Artmarketspace holds its inaugural auction from 5pm Sunday June 14 at 409 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

With 49 paintings going under the hammer, this will be the largest single-owner collection of his works to ever go to auction and provides a rare opportunity for collectors.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Belgian antique dealers bring their expertise to auction

Belgian antique dealers Eloy and Winifred Van Paridon are living testimony to the lengths collectors will go to find that next elusive bargain.

Avid attendees at auctions held in European castles, they often arose early for 4am sojourns to snow covered antique fairs – searching by torchlight for what might turn out to be increasingly valuable treasures.

Both have antiques in the blood for they are children and grandchildren of antique dealers, dating back to a time when dealing was totally different to today’s world.

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Leski Auctions

Famous masthead sees Leski Auctions go live once more

The masthead figure of Don Francisco de Assis Maria Fernando de Bourbon – in English more commonly known as Francis of Assisi after the saint of the same name (lot 10) – from a 19th century sailing ship will be among the items to greet auction goers as Leski Auctions cautiously transcends back to live auctions following the easing of restrictions after the coronavirus pandemic lockdown in Australia.

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