Menzies Art Brands

Jeffrey Smart sets tone in Australian art auction

Several Jeffrey Smart (1921-2013) paintings feature among works by Australia’s top artists in what are undoubted drawcards for Menzies forthcoming art auction from 6.30pm Wednesday March 29 at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

The highest estimate work is Bus by the Tiber 1977-78 (lot 18), an oil on canvas that first appeared in 1980 in Rudy Komon Art Gallery in Sydney and carries a $600,000-$700,000 catalogue estimate.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Australian indigenous art attracts strong auction interest

The ability of artists like 70-year-old John Mawurndjul to transform Kuningku bark painting – pioneering a new interpretation of clan sites and inspiring the next generation of bark painters – could be one of the reasons for the strong international and local interest in Australian indigenous art as more collectors become aware of the genre.

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Fine Arts Auctions

Charles Blackman painting "gem" hits Melbourne auction scene

An unusual painting by Charles Blackman (lot 34) of one of his favourite subjects, Alice in Wonderland – entitled Face and Illusion – Alice 1966 – will be front and centre when Melbourne auctioneer Phil Caldwell begins his online two-part auction from 11am Sunday March 19 at 36A Hartnett Drive, Seaford.

“This is unusual because it is one of his early paintings of Alice – dating from 1966,” Phil explained.

The first part of the sale is devoted to important Australian investment art – assembled from long held collections and estates.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Museum quality Sevres vase finds its way to Melbourne auction

Melbourne auctioneer Christian McCann is positive that a 19th century museum quality Sevres vase on a matching base (lot 16), totalling 2.4 metres high, will end up overseas following his forthcoming art and antiques auction from 12pm Sunday March 19 at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

“It’s more suited to the Palace of Versailles than an Abbotsford auction room,” he said. “I’ll be very surprised if it remains in Australia.”

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Leski Auctions

Famous Australian golfer linked to auction religious icons

Golfing champions couldn’t be further from mind when considering religious icons and artefacts coming up for auction – but in the case of Melbourne-based Leski Auctions two-day decorative arts and collectables sale from 10am Saturday and Sunday February 18 and 19, the two are inextricably linked.

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Abacus Auctions

Baggy green of popular Australian cricketer up for grabs in mixed auction

One of Australia’s all-time favourite cricketers Doug Walters will come under the spotlight on Friday March 3 in Melbourne when his 1968 baggy green Test cap (lot 3537) is auctioned by Abacus Auctions at 29 Hardner Road, Mount Waverley.

The four-day auction of stamps, postal history, postcards, coins, banknotes, sporting memorabilia and collectables is the company’s first for 2023, beginning at 11am Tuesday February 28 and continuing at the same time each day.

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Gibsons Auctions

Royal Worcester plaques an auction world beater

English Royal Worcester porcelain has always been prized by collectors but Australian husband and wife Ken and Gloria Ely took it to another level with their extensive array of painted plaques (one of the world’s largest) and vases by revered painters such as Harry and John Stinton, Harry Davis, Richard Sebright and Raymond Rushton.

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Philips Auctions

Dutch Gouda pottery collection a buzz for the auction world

Perhaps it was the strong links to his homeland that inspired Dutchman Karl Hulsberggen to amass a significant collection of Gouda pottery after he migrated in 1951 to Melbourne.

Or it could have been his passion for antique furniture, gold, diamonds jewellery, stamps and general collectables that led in the early 1970s to him establishing a second-hand dealership – first in Oakleigh, then later Burwood and East Kew before he finally decided in his late 60s that it was time to call it a day.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Famous Melbourne architect designed mansion contents hot auction property

The life of Melbourne architect John Beswicke (1847-1925) has once more been brought into sharp focus with the forthcoming auction of the complete contents of elegant Hawthorn residence ‘Ellerslie’, which he designed and was built in 1891.

Situated at 16 Harcourt Street, Hawthorn, the onsite auction – from 12pm Sunday February 19 – will be carried out by McCann Auctions and promises to attract a plethora of buyers.

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Leski Auctions

Holey dollar and star banknotes highlight Melbourne coin and banknote auction

Melbourne-based Leski Auctions director Charles Leski is rubbing his hands with glee at the number of star banknotes he has on offer at his forthcoming Coins, Banknotes and Stamps auction from 10am Thursday February 16 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

“Auction houses are lucky to see one a year,” he said. “Two or three is a big number and we have eight in the one auction (lots 433-440).”

Star notes are replacement banknotes – issued once a damaged note has been withdrawn from service.

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