EJ Ainger

Conroy collection to go under the hammer

David Conroy was studying surgery in London more than 50 years ago when he first met the much older antiques expert and dealer Bill Johnston.

He and his wife Judith had only recently married and had not long arrived in England to further his medical studies.

During their four years in England they became firm friends and Bill Johnston was able to advise and mould what was to become a lifelong interest in antiques and collectibles.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Auction paradise for Christmas

Auction goers looking for a slightly more unusual Christmas present for family or loved ones should check out Christian McCann Auctions sale from noon Sunday at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond for fine 19th century French furniture and clocks.

The furniture features Amboyna and inlaid items such as vitrines, commodes, sofa tables and salon cabinets, Boulle and ormolu mounted marquetry pieces.

English furniture includes George III (including a settee) and Regency mahogany

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Four of The Don's Test bats on auction market

Four highly significant bats used by Sir Donald Bradman during his Test playing career, in which he scored 6996 runs in 52 Tests at an average of 99.94, will be auctioned from 2.30pm Thursday at Mossgreen 926 High Street, Armadale. 

The most important is his first Test bat used in the 1928 series between England and Australia and signed by both teams.

Despite only scoring the princely sum of 19 runs (18 in the first innings and one in the second), the bat is estimated to sell for between $120,000 and $150,000.

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Leonard Joel

Norman Lindsay tableau on market after 40 years

Norman Lindsay’s striking tableau Race of the Centaurs has re-emerged after 40 years in a private Sydney collection and is a major feature of Leonard Joel’s final fine art auction for the year from 6.30pm Tuesday at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Another major attraction is James Gleeson’s Landscape with Self-Portrait in Parenthesis 1994, originally acquired from Watters Gallery in Sydney. 

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EJ Ainger

Auction items from estates and private homes

E.J. Aingers December 3 auction from 9.30am at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond comprises items from several estates and private house clearances.

The auction includes a large consignment of English, French and Australian period and contemporary furniture.

There also is English and continental ceramics from an East Melbourne estate, and coloured glass, silverware and estate jewellery.  

The auction contains a large consignment of oil paintings, watercolours and graphics along with genuine Persian rugs and light fittings.

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Philips Auctions

Ring auction not to be missed

A stunning range of diamond solitaire rings could make the ideal Christmas gifts as Philips Auctions gears up for its fine decorative arts and jewellery auctions from noon on Sunday December 1 and 6pm on Monday December 2 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The largest of the diamonds is 8.88 carats, with others measuring respectively 6.25, 4.30, 1.80 and 1.50 carats.

These rings have already generated a great deal of interest with enquiries from both overseas and throughout Australia.

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Sothebys Australia

Hollywood legend Joan Crawford jewellery up for grabs

Unique jewellery items formerly in the collection of Hollywood legend Joan Crawford will be a major drawcard for Australian and international collectors at Sotheby’s Australia’s forthcoming jewel auction from 6pm Monday December 2 at 118-122 Queens Street, Woollahra in Sydney.

The pieces form part of a 235-lot sale of historic, modern and contemporary jewels that is expected to reach between $2.02 and $2.74 million.

One of the Joan Crawford items is a Raymond Yard gold and citrine necklace/brooch carrying an estimate of $48,000-$58,000.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Art and estate jewellery an auction feature

A selection of rare Australian art and more than 100 pieces of estate jewellery will feature in Amanda Addams Auctions final – and largest – sale for the year from 6.30pm Monday at 344 High Street, Kew.

Amongst the art works is a major Sali Herman oil from 1952, a rare Arthur Boyd lithograph and works by David Boyd, Charles Blackman, Pro Hart, Carlyle Jackson, James Wigley, Ernest Vogel, Geoff O’Logouhin, Margaret Cowling, Dawson McDonald, Ellen Burgess, Steven Deutscher and Dong Lin Zhang.

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Leonard Joel

Cartier ring a big auction attraction

A gold “Wig” ring by Cartier and a Serpenti diamond ring by Bvlgari are two rare signed items to feature in Leonard Joel’s jewellery auction from 6pm Monday at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

These items are accompanied by prestige wristwatches from designers such as Breitling, Frank Muller and Faberge.

The auction contains rare antique jewellery pieces including an emerald and diamond pendant, along with South sea pearls, gold and a wide selection of diamonds.

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Woodlands Auctions

Furniture and porcelain big attractions for Woodlands auction

French and retro furniture, Moorcroft, Royal Doulton and Royal Worcester are among highlights for Woodlands Auctions final sale for the year from 10.30am Sunday at 16 Grubb Road, Ocean Grove.

The furniture includes a large 19th century plan chest and French oak hallstand, along with a Geo bureau and other bookcases, sideboards, dumb waiters, display cabinets and French and English wardrobes.

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