May 2024

Leski Auctions

Sir John Monash collection an Australian auction treasure

General Sir John Monash (1865-1931) is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most iconic figures – his name perpetuated in institutions such as Melbourne’s Monash University and a major city freeway also bearing his moniker.

Regarded by some as “the only general of creative originality produced by the First World War”, Monash headed Australia’s 4th Infantry Brigade at Gallipoli and in May 1918 became the Australian Corps commander, at the time the largest military contingent on the Western Front.

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Abacus Auctions

Extremely rare Don Bradman cricket card an Australian auction find

The rarest Don Bradman cricket cigarette and trade card in existence (lot 3627) is being auctioned through Melbourne-based Abacus Auctions at its forthcoming four-day stamps, postal history, militaria, coins and banknotes and sporting memorabilia sale from 11am Tuesday May 21, continuing each day at the same time until Friday May 24.

The card, issued in 1932 by the Friends Temperance Union, is one of only six or seven known examples worldwide.

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Philips Auctions

Indigenous art a drawcard in Melbourne fine arts auction

For fans of indigenous artist icon Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1909-1996), Melbourne-based Philips Auctions is offering three of her paintings (lots 230-232), all entitled My Country as part of its forthcoming timed online fine and decorative arts ending from 9.30am Monday May 13.

Although the paintings are nowhere near her normally very pricy works, they are still carrying individual catalogue estimates of $15,000-$20,000 and are a worthy addition to Aboriginal art collections.

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