EJ Ainger

Victorian bookcases amid unusual auction items

An open front Garnett and Sons bookcase is among several Victorian bookcases on offer from 9.30am Tuesday November 12 at E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

In an auction that has thrown up several unusual items, auction goers get the opportunity to purchase a large collection of kerosene lamps, roll-top and French desks, Victorian cast iron inserts and a huge array of decorative French furniture.

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Sydney collector auctions contemporary Australian art

Sydney collector Michele Asprey has been collecting contemporary Australian art for many years.

She has collected many artists in depth – including Patricia Piccinini and Tracey Moffat who will feature prominently in Mossgreen’s single owner auction from 4pm Sunday at 926 High Street, Armadale.

The auction includes an edition of Moffat’s well-known work Something More along with artistic attractions such as Piccinini’s Waiting for Jennifer and Blue Portrait from the series Protein Lattice 1997

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Military collectibles an auction drawcard

World War I and World War II German and Australian medals are among a range of military collectibles to be auctioned from 10am Sunday November 10 by auctioneer Steve Graham at 64 Urquhart Street, Woodend.

The collectibles include a Beaumont Adams 1862 black powder revolver, Japanese, Russian and English swords and a World War II leather flying helmet.

The auction contains a Gottlieb cue ball wizard pinball machine, petrol and oil collectibles, enamel and tin signs and vintage riding crops and whips.

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Abbeys Auctions

Australia Post auction to attract large crowd

Each year, auction goers cannot help but marvel at the enormous range of undeliverable mail items that end up at Australia Post’s dead letter office –usually letters or parcels where the sender has provided insufficient or incorrect address information and they can be neither delivered nor returned.

In the past, it has been anything from wedding dresses to expensive cameras left unclaimed and each time Abbeys Auctions is charged with the task of auctioning the apparently unwanted items.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Historic painting sets auction tone

An historic painting of Lady Isabella Louisa Parry (wife of admiral, Arctic explorer and hydrographer Sir William Parry) and two of her children Isabella and Lucy will be a highlight of Amanda Addams Auctions sale on from 6.30pm Monday at 344 High Street Kew.

Edward Parker Bedwell, who had served with Parry aboard HMS La Hogue during enemy naval actions in America in 1814, painted the watercolour in 1838 – the year before Lady Parry died two days after the last of her 10 children (twin boys) were still born.

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Menzies Art Brands

Brett Whiteley painting could reach new artist auction record

If Rod Menzies has his way and the large and important Brett Whiteley work My Armchair 1976 – painted at a time when he won every major art award in Australia – reaches its bottom estimate of $3 million at Menzies forthcoming sale from 6.30pm on Thursday at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra, it will be a new auction record for the artist.

Such a result would eclipse the record $3.48 million (including buyers premium) paid in 2007 for Whiteley’s The Olgas for Ernest Giles at Deutscher-Menzies Sydney sale.

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Sothebys Australia

Historic Jackie Howe mechanical shears to go under the hammer

Sotheby’s Australia will auction the historic Jackie Howe mechanical shears as part of Tuesday’s Asian, Australian & European arts and design sale from 6pm at Anzac House 4 Collins Street, Melbourne.

The shears carry an inscription from the Wolseley S.S.M. Company and were presented to Howe following his award for the highest tally of sheep shorn with a shearing machine in 1892.

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Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel auctions contents of palatial manor

Leonard Joel has been appointed by the Anderson family to dispose of the John Anderson Brown Collection built up over more than 50 years at the historic stately home Norrac, 23 View Street, Hawthorn.

Restoration of the manor, which had been built in 1881 for timber merchant James Wright, was a labour of love for Richmond real estate agent John and the late Roman de Kimpe, proprietor of the South Yarra salon Noisette and Australian distributor for the French perfumery Guerlain, who together purchased the property in 1964.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Donald Friend collection a Sydney auction must

A significant collection of paintings, sketches, furnishings, ceramics and woodcarvings either painted or picked up by the late artist Donald Friend will be auctioned from 2pm Sunday by Deutscher and Hackett at Paddington Town Hall in Sydney.

Valued at more than $1 million, they are not from Friend’s estate – but instead belong to his long-time friend and occasional agent Attilio Guarracino.

In 1951, fellow artist Jeffrey Smart introduced Donald Friend to Mr Guarracino and, despite an often turbulent relationship, they remained friends until the artist died in 1989.

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Maritime auction for enthusiastic collectors

Mossgreen will auction the maritime collection of semi-retired fisherman Desmond Adcock from 2.30pm Tuesday in its new premises at 926 High Street, Armadale.

His passion for maritime items has burned brightly for more than three decades with his interests ranging from scrimshaw artefacts to whaling memorabilia, navigation instruments and paintings of ships.

In recent years, Desmond has used the internet to search, acquire and repatriate Australian ship portraits originally sold to ship captains and crews around the globe.

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