Damien Oliver auction photo leads to autumn racing

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 26th February, 2014

With Melbourne’s autumn racing carnival about to get underway, auction goers might be interested in a signed photo of jockey Damien Oliver riding Doriemus to victory in the 1995 Melbourne Cup.

The photo will be one of the items to be auctioned from 9.30am Friday at Young’s Auctions 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

Art lovers should appreciate the rose still life by Australian artist John Loxton, who died in 1969 and whose paintings have brought up to $7,000 at auction.

A pair of Aboriginal totem poles from Tiwi Islands is another feature, along with a fully restored typewriter from about 1900 – part of migrant Emeric Somlo’s collection of typewriters, most of which Young’s Auctions sold in November last year.

Before coming to Australia in 1965 where he began collecting and restoring old typewriters, Somlo was a native of the western Romanian village Dolat and after World War II became a successful motorbike racer in eastern bloc countries.

The auction also contains antique mantel clocks, more vintage radios from John Heard’s collection.

Among the furniture is Moran couches, a French dining setting and armoire, new lounge suites and ornately carved Asian teak items.

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