Enthusiastic reception for Gibson's inaugural auction

Buyers showed plenty of enthusiasm for Gibson’s Auctions inaugural sale on Sunday August 12 in Melbourne when 87 percent of the items sold at 126 per cent of estimated total value.

The top seller was a large and unusual hand painted circa 1879 Belleek ceramic platter which was knocked down for $7930 (including buyer's premium) against a catalogue estimate of $600-$800.

A pair of Chinese carved rosewood glazed display cabinets was another big attraction, changing hands for $5368 on a similar estimate.

A French 1935 art medal by Jean Vernon entitled “Campagnie Generale Transatlantique Launch of the NORMANDIE” was a winner with a $2928 result on a $250-4350 estimate.

Likewise, a late 19th century pair of Copeland painted and gilt covered urns brought $2440 and John Walsh’s painting River’s Edge 2000 $2318.

Almost as much ($2196) was a Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle/Olympic Games juror’s badge by Christofle of Paris, signed by the designer L. Battee and inscribed JURY.

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