Leski Auctions

Stamp auction results reach massive highs

Since May, when the largest world gathering of professional philatelists and serious stamp collectors for the year assembled at the Royal Exhibition Building, Leski Auctions stamp auction clearance rates have gone through the roof.

“At the time, millions of dollars in early Australian material changed hands and people were concerned that this would just flood the market,” managing director Charles Leski said.

Instead, this major world event created new interest and reawakened dormant stamp collectors who began actively seeking out new material.

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EJ Ainger

Pianola plays auction tune

A German Steck walnut cased player pianola will be a highlight of the 19th and 20th century English, French and Australian furniture on offer from 11am Tuesday at E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Other furniture items include 19th century mahogany ladies and gents chairs, a Victorian mahogany dressing table and a Victorian burr walnut tilt top table. 

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Mossgreen holds first clearing sale

Mossgreen is having a “no holds barred” one-off unreserved clearing auction sale from 2pm Monday at 310 Toorak Road, South Yarra to clear all items from the building prior to the company’s move to Armadale in the first week of October.

This unprecedented sale is in readiness for Mossgreen’ s new venture with Leski Auctions – which also is closing its Hawthorn East site and will now become a division of Mossgreen Pty Ltd – making the company (according to managing director Paul Sumner) Australia’s third largest fine art auction house behind Sotheby’s and Deutscher and Hackett.

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Philips Auctions

Elegant jewellery to attract auction goers

An exciting and elegant selection of modern, vintage and antique jewellery should attract auction goers to Philips Auctions jewellery sale from 6pm Monday at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

One of the highlights is a striking black and white diamond pendant on a diamond chain, with a catalogue estimate of $8000-$10,000.

Another is a stunning white gold full set diamond eternity hoop ring estimated at $16,000-$22,000 while an even more expensive 18-carat white gold 3.51-carat solitaire diamond by Michael Wilson, with a $49,500 valuation, should have buyers rubbing their hands.

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Philips Auctions

Bronzes and shipwreck pieces an auction highlight

Two magnificent Japanese bronze works from the late Meiji period (1869-1912) (both sourced from a Melbourne estate) and several 17th and 18th century Chinese shipwreck cargo pieces are highlights of Philips Auctions next decorative arts sale from noon on Sunday at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

One of the Japanese bronzes is a Tokyo School example of a young girl playing with her Japanese Chin dog.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Royal Worcester exhibition vase on offer

A Royal Worcester exhibition vase by John Stinton and a pair of Royal Worcester ewers by Johnson are major highlights of Christian McCann Auctions latest sale from noon Sunday at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

The auction also contains French Boulle furniture, including salon cabinets and tables, and Victorian mahogany and walnut furniture from a home in Fairy Street, Ivanhoe.

The Ivanhoe collection includes extension dining table, desks, display cabinets, bookcases and credenzas.

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Sothebys Australia

Diamond bracelet named after Hollywood western star

A diamond “Cooper” bracelet, named after Hollywood western great Gary Cooper who bought the first of this design for his wife in 1958, is expected to galvanise auction goers for Sotheby’s Australia Melbourne jewellery sale on Tuesday at Anzac House, 4 Collins Street.

Designed by one of the 20th century’s most renowned jewellery designers Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co, the bracelet comprises a series of six openwork cushion-shaped links, pave-set with round brilliant-cut diamonds.

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EJ Ainger

Estate and English furnishings up for grabs

E.J. Ainger Pty Ltd has a large auction of estate and English furnishings from 9.30am Tuesday September 3 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction includes the residual contents of estates in Middle Park and North Balwyn, along with private consignments.

Featured is a good range of Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s furniture, Persian rugs, paintings, engravings, prints and other collectibles.

A pair of leather Chesterfield settees and other lounge furnishing should attract plenty of attention from buyers.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Rare Burke and Wills drawings to attract history art buffs

Rare early drawings of the ill-fated explorers Burke and Wills by well-known colonial artist William McLeod are intriguing highlights of Amanda Addams Auctions latest sale from 6.30pm Monday at 344 High Street, Kew.

In 1887, McLeod, who also completed a drawing of John King – the only member of the expedition to cross the Australian continent and return to tell the tale, became joint owner and managing director of the Bulleting magazine with J.F. (Jules Francois) Archibald, founder of the Archibald Prize.

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Glenelg Auctions

Battle of Rorkes Drift a scrimshaw tale

A carved elephant’s tusk containing the scrimshawed tale recounting the Battle of Rorkes Drift in 1879 between the might of the Zulu nation and a small contingent of British soldiers is a highlight of Glenelg Auctions massive two-day collectibles and military auction from 10.30am Saturday.

Made famous in the 1964 film Zulu, the Battle of Rorkes Drift involved about 150 British soldiers under the command of the Royal Engineers Lieutenant John Chard defending the mission station at the post against an overwhelming 4000-strong Zulu force during the Anglo-Zulu War.

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