February 2022

Fine Arts Auctions

A big step up from producing ladders to auctioning antiques

Not sure how much of a step up it is from manufacturing aluminium ladders to collecting antiques – however, if you ask Werner and Cecile Hecht they have had a lot of fun doing both.

Born in Munich, Werner was 21 when he moved to Australia in 1960. Cecile, who hails from Toulouse, France, migrated to Melbourne 12 years later at age 24.

Both were married with children to other partners before they teamed up and in 1980 started their step ladder business Mboss Access Ladders in the garage of their home.

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Murdered designer's skills on display at Victorian country mansion auction

The skills of internationally famous Melbourne interior designer the late Stuart Rattle – murdered in 2013 by mentally disturbed boyfriend Michael O’Neill – will be on display to auction goers who attend Christian McCann Auctions next on site sale from 12pm Sunday March 6 at 67 Shoreham Road, Red Hill.

The home is one of the finest properties on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula and is widely renowned for its impeccable gardens that include fine garden statuary.

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Gibsons Auctions

Melbourne auction collections icing on cake for buyers

Collections by two stalwarts of Melbourne’s art and fashion scene – the late Claude Ullin and Sally Robertson (nee Bloomfield) will be part of Gibson’s Auctions forthcoming Interiors auction from 11am Sunday March 6 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

Founder of the Gallery Art Naïve and mayor on several occasions of Stonnington City, Claude Ullin was born in 1937 in Milan, the descendant of German Jewish art collectors.

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Gibsons Auctions

Online Melbourne art auction should help first time buyers

Buyers wanting to dabble in art for the first time should head to Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Summer Art sale – its first online auction for the year – for an affordable start to their collections.

The auction, at 885-889 High Street, Armadale, will close from 10am Wednesday February 23 and features works by such Australian indigenous and internationally famous artists as Freddie Timms, Charles Blackman, Judy Cassab, John Perceval Leonard French, Rick Amor and Sidney Nolan.

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Deutscher and Hackett

NAB auctions its art collection

Australian artworks acquired over the past 50 years by the National Australia Bank (NAB) will be auctioned from 7pm February 22 by Deutscher and Hackett at 105 Commercial Road, Prahran.

Featuring more than 2000 works - of which 73 will be offered at this auction, the collection includes examples from some of Australia’s most recognised artists such as Sidney Nolan, John Brack, Jeffrey Smart, Fred Williams, John Olsen, Arthur Streeton and Frederick McCubbin.

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Christian McCann Auctions

An Australian auction collection fit for a diplomat

During his lifetime Robert (Bob) Robertson served in many ambassadorial roles for the Australian Government.

A career diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, he and his wife Isabelle travelled the world meeting important national leaders such as Queen Elizabeth II and former United States President George W. Bush, along with many other foreign dignitaries.

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Philips Auctions

Glassware and jewellery to whet Melbourne auction goer appetites

Auction goers will be excited by assortment of contemporary glassware once live viewing gets underway from 9am Thursday February 10 at Philips Auctions first Fine and Decorative Arts sale for the year at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Iconic industry names from the 1930s, 1970s and 1980s such as Murano, Kosta Boda, Orrefors and Lalique – alongside 19th century crystal – will be featured including a 1930s art deco shallow centrepiece bowl (lot 194) by designer Pierre D’Avesn (1901-1990) who worked for both Rene Lalique and Daum at the time.

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