May 2022

Swan Deverell Auctioneers

A first edition Charles Dickens novel graces Australian auction

Auctioneer Hannah Clayton Atkin couldn’t believe her eyes when she spotted a first edition copy of famous 19th century English author Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Hard Times’ among a box of old items from a deceased estate. 

Part of the library collection of noted bibliophile Frederick Perkins (1780-1860) who lived at the now demolished Chipstead Place in Kent, the book was published in 1854 by Bradbury and Evans in London. 

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Gibsons Auctions

A music road trip gives rise to important Aboriginal art auction items

If acclaimed songwriter Archie Roach and his partner Ruby Hunter had never decided on a pioneering tour of indigenous communities on Australia’s Cape York peninsula, Julie Hickson might not have collected historically important, seminal art works from the Lockhart River Art Gang.

As luck would have it, in 1997 the two set out to visit these communities accompanied by a band and camera crew, with Julie as their manager in charge of arrangements.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Gorgeous Melbourne mansion the venue for auction delights

Auctioneer Christian McCann has a fantastic venue for his next auction – the beautifully restored mansion at 15 Grandview Grove, Prahran which was once a boarding house.

The auction, from 12pm Sunday June 5, features fine French and English antique furniture and collectables, traditional Australian and European art and garden statuary.

McCann has known the family for 15 years during which time he has helped them build a collection to complement the grandeur of each historic room.

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Leski Auctions

Australian Decor inventor collection up for auction

Creators are a special breed and the man who invented the Décor brand and brought world-class design, creativity and innovation to Australian homewares, the son of an English adventurer and grandson of a pearl fleet owner on his mother’s side, is no exception.  

This unusual mix produced Great Depression child Brian Middleton Davis who was born in May 1930 in Broome, Western Australia before the family moved to Melbourne where Brian enjoyed a happy childhood designing and building model boats and billycarts at their Brighton home. 

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Christian McCann Auctions

A feast of quality furniture and collectables at Melbourne auction

Antique English furniture from Melbourne’s historic mansion Stonington, formerly owned by Menzies art auction house founder the late Rod Menzies, joins part two of the Pascoe collection of tea caddies, French antiques and Australian art at Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from 12pm Sunday May 22 at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford. 

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Fine Arts Auctions

History abounds at Victorian auction

A wealthy 19th century Scottish industrialist and Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill’s butler are forever inexorably linked through a recently sold heritage listed National Trust Mount Macedon home whose contents will be auctioned online from 11am Sunday May 22 by auctioneer Phil Caldwell. 

William McGregor migrated to Australia and built the Gothic-style Victorian home at 49-51 Devonshire Lane in 1874, naming it Ard Rudah (High Promontory) as a reminder of his Highland roots.   

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Deutscher and Hackett

Online auction indicates strength of Australian art market

A timed online Melbourne art auction of contemporary, Aboriginal and modern paintings by Deutscher and Hackett is yet another indication of the continuing strong buyer demand for art on the Australian market. 

Finishing from 7pm on Tuesday May 17, the auction features works by several of Australia’s leading artists including John Kelly, Tim Storrier, Ray Crooke, Sidney Nolan, Michael Zavros, Patricia Piccinini, Leonard French, Robert Dickerson and Gloria Petyarre. 

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Leski Auctions

Engineering and collecting go hand in hand at Melbourne auction

Engineering and collecting appear to have been the two great loves of the late Lester Kingsley, who died in 2020 aged 95, and now his collection of stamps and postcards will be sold as part of Melbourne-based Leski Auctions forthcoming Stamps, Coins and Postal History sale from 12pm Tuesday May 10 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

Raised in a village in Sussex, England, Lester’s first collection as a boy was John Player cigarette cards featuring aircraft of the Royal Air Force.

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Philips Auctions

A veteran Australian journalist auctions his wife's collection

While his wife Eileen was busy indulging her passion for collecting porcelain, scent bottles, period furniture and other quality collectables, John Dunn was busy plying his trade as a journalist – something he is still doing today aged 91.

“I worked for the Melbourne Herald from 1952 to 1958, succeeding (editor) John Fitzgerald as the paper’s London correspondent,” he said.

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