February 2023

Abacus Auctions

Baggy green of popular Australian cricketer up for grabs in mixed auction

One of Australia’s all-time favourite cricketers Doug Walters will come under the spotlight on Friday March 3 in Melbourne when his 1968 baggy green Test cap (lot 3537) is auctioned by Abacus Auctions at 29 Hardner Road, Mount Waverley.

The four-day auction of stamps, postal history, postcards, coins, banknotes, sporting memorabilia and collectables is the company’s first for 2023, beginning at 11am Tuesday February 28 and continuing at the same time each day.

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Gibsons Auctions

Royal Worcester plaques an auction world beater

English Royal Worcester porcelain has always been prized by collectors but Australian husband and wife Ken and Gloria Ely took it to another level with their extensive array of painted plaques (one of the world’s largest) and vases by revered painters such as Harry and John Stinton, Harry Davis, Richard Sebright and Raymond Rushton.

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Philips Auctions

Dutch Gouda pottery collection a buzz for the auction world

Perhaps it was the strong links to his homeland that inspired Dutchman Karl Hulsberggen to amass a significant collection of Gouda pottery after he migrated in 1951 to Melbourne.

Or it could have been his passion for antique furniture, gold, diamonds jewellery, stamps and general collectables that led in the early 1970s to him establishing a second-hand dealership – first in Oakleigh, then later Burwood and East Kew before he finally decided in his late 60s that it was time to call it a day.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Famous Melbourne architect designed mansion contents hot auction property

The life of Melbourne architect John Beswicke (1847-1925) has once more been brought into sharp focus with the forthcoming auction of the complete contents of elegant Hawthorn residence ‘Ellerslie’, which he designed and was built in 1891.

Situated at 16 Harcourt Street, Hawthorn, the onsite auction – from 12pm Sunday February 19 – will be carried out by McCann Auctions and promises to attract a plethora of buyers.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Is contemporary art your thing? Melbourne online auction provides good choices

Thinking about starting a modern and contemporary art collection? Then have a look at Deutscher and Hackett’s online auction, which ends from 7pm Wednesday February 15, at which 36 art works – many by well-known Australian artists and all carrying affordable catalogue estimates – will go under the hammer.

Legendary street artist Banksy holds the top billing with Gangsta Rat 2004 (lot 25) carrying a catalogue estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

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