November 2020

Leski Auctions

Hurnall's favourite items up for grabs at Australian historical auction

The late Marvin Hurnall was a Melbourne-based fastidious collector of Australian pottery – so much so that most of the cupboards in his house were filled with works by famous names from the Australian genre such as William Ricketts, Robert Remued, Arthur Merric Boyd and Robert Prenzel.

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Menzies Art Brands

Whiteley in line to become greatest Australian artist of all time

Brett Whiteley will undoubtedly become the most valuable and influential Australian artist of all time if his painting Henri’s Armchair 1974-75 reaches its predicted $5 million to $7 million estimate at Menzies single lot auction on Thursday November 26.

Purchased at the time from the artist by the late Sydney-based Clive Evatt QC, the work will be auctioned from 7pm in Menzies Sydney rooms at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

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Philips Auctions

Antique clocks and jewellery among Christmas gift auction goodies

Antique clocks including a William and Mary style ebonised mantel timepiece (lot 46) and a Delft clock with French mechanism (lot 57) are among the highlights of Philips Auctions timed online fine and decorative arts and jewellery auctions, both of which end at 12pm Monday November 23 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

To the relief of many auction goers, viewing is now live with the auction rooms open from 9am-5pm Friday and 12pm-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Australian auctioneer veteran hangs up his hammer

Brian O’Halloran has been a mainstay of Victoria’s auction industry for more than 40 years. A Warrnambool stock agent who established Brian O’Halloran Real Estate Agents in the 1960s in the same town, he then turned his hand to auctioning fine art and antiques – using the western Victorian city of Portland as his base, where Glenelg Auctions became a household name.

During his long career as an auctioneer, Brian built up an extensive knowledge of Australian art, English and Australian furniture and decorative arts.

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Menzies Art Brands

Potential record smasher Whiteley on view at Sydney art auction

Brett Whiteley’s Henri’s Armchair 1974-75 – offered for sale for the first time since being purchased from the artist by the late Clive Evatt QC – could be the painting that smashes all previous Australian art records when it goes under the hammer as a single lot auction by Menzies at 7pm on November 26 in Sydney.

Carrying a catalogue estimate of $5 million to $7 million, the painting is set to eclipse the $5.4 million achieved 11 years ago for Sidney Nolan’s First-Class Marksman 1946 by Menzies when sold to prominent art dealer Roger McIlroy.

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Leski Auctions

Melbourne auction acknowledges all time football great Percy Beames

Richmond star Dustin Martin isn’t the only player to be voted best-on-ground in all three Australian Football League  grand final premierships (2017 and 2019-2020) in which he has featured.

These days, best-on-ground in a grand final is awarded the Norm Smith Medal – named after the legendary Melbourne coach who steered his team to several premierships during the 1950s and 1960s.

Before 1979, when the first Norm Smith Medal was awarded, the best player was just that without any concrete award acknowledgment.

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EJ Ainger

Aingers holds auction after months of coronavirus lockdown

E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd has enthusiastically joined the ranks of Melbourne auction houses gratefully opening up after months of COVID-19 Stage 4 lockdown with a two-day online auction from 9am Monday November 9 and Tuesday November 10.

Although Aingers expects most auction goers to lodge absentee bids or bid over the phone or online, some will be permitted to attend the sale live in accordance with current Victorian Government restrictions.

Viewing is from 10am-4pm Friday and Saturday with visitor names recorded and mask wearing mandatory.  

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Gibsons Auctions

Collections to excite interest at Melbourne auction

Two important collections are among offerings at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions forthcoming Australian, Maritime & Exploration online sale from 11am Sunday November 8 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

One is from keen maritime and nautical collector the late Bob Munro, who owned several CBD properties, and the other belongs to antiquarian bookseller Kay Craddock.

Bob’s auction collection is a reflection of his lifelong interest in antiques, maritime watercolours and oil paintings, ship model and beautiful objects.

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Christian McCann Auctions

McCann Auctions grateful for live Melbourne auction viewing

McCann Auctions has breathed a huge sigh of relief that, with COVID-19 restrictions lifted in Melbourne, auction goers can now view its forthcoming Sunday November 8 sale (from 12pm) in person at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

The auction comprises a fine selection of 18th and 19th century French and English antiques including George III and Regency library and sitting room furniture by iconic maker Gillows.

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