Leski Auctions

Rare Australian clock auction testimony to a fascinating past

Legendary Australian businessman and underworld figure John Wren (1871-1953) – made famous thanks largely to a fictionalised account of his life in Frank Hardy’s 1950 novel Power Without Glory and remembered from the early 1900s for his Johnston Street, Collingwood horse racing gambling venture which eventually earned him $40,000 a year – will make an unforgettable impression on Leski Auctions forthcoming Fine and Rare Clocks sale.

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EJ Ainger

"Fossilised" auction a good way to deal with old age

“Fossilised” might be a good way of describing E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday September 10 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Not that the auction house is so old that its remains have gentrified, it is just that a collector has decided to part with his fossil collection and entrusted Aingers to conduct the sale.

Some of the fossils date back 120 million years to the Cretaceous Age and feature Ammonite specimens from Madagascar.

Others are a collection of 40 million-year-old shark teeth from a large predator named Otodus.

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Philips Auctions

Exotic art deco bronzes exhibit Melbourne auction appeal

Two 1930 exotic bronze and ivory dancers (lots 83 and 100) by Austrian artist ‘Gerdago’ (1906-2004) and belonging to a prominent Melbourne identity are among the more appealing highlights of Philips Auctions Fine and Decorative Arts sale from noon Sunday September 8 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

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Leski Auctions

Melbourne stamps and postal auction by leading expert

Leski Auctions first Stamps, Coins & Postal History auction since December last year will be held from 12pm Wednesday August 28 and largely reflects substantial contributions from new team member Matt Hancock.

Hancock is an acknowledged expert in stamps and postal history and is keen to expand his knowledge of the types of collectables that pass through Leski Auctions doors.

The auction, at 727-729 High Street Armadale, features consignments from more than 60 vendors and includes a substantial group of Australian Commonwealth collections (lots 90-123).

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Deutscher and Hackett

Large private Roy de Maistre collection to go under the hammer

One of Australia’s largest private collections of Roy de Maistre paintings will be offered for auction from 7pm Wednesday August 28 by Deutscher and Hackett at Sydney’s Cell Block Theatre, National Art School in Forbes Street, Darlinghurst.

Part of Glen Iris couple the late Ken and Joan Plomley collection of modernist art and comprising the first 36 lots in the auction, the paintings were assembled largely because of the former’s close connection with the de Mestre family through his great-uncle Etienne de Mestre, Roy’s father.

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EJ Ainger

Auction fur coats to keep out winter chills

With winter still sending its icy blasts across Melbourne most days, warm fur coats and stoles are just the answer to keep out the wintry chills.

E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction, from 9.30am Tuesday August 27 at 433 Bridge Road Richmond, has a great range for women to choose from – along with several attractive leather coats.

The auction has plenty of oriental items for auction goers including jade, hand carved wood pieces and ceramics.

Unusual are two taxidermy ducks – while there also is hand crafted furniture, paintings and rugs.

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Gibsons Auctions

Photographer's life work on display at Melbourne auction

English-born climber, explorer and photographer Alfred Gregory (1913-2010) undoubtedly received his first big break when in 1953 he was chosen as a climbing member of the British team, led by John Hunt, to scale Mount Everest.

The team reached 8500 metres in support of Sir Edmund Hillary-Norgay Tenzig’s historic first successful summit attempt.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Russian Morozol clock among Melbourne auction treasures

A Russian Morozol enamel carriage clock (lot 86) is an outstanding example of the 18th and 19th century clocks to be auctioned from noon Sunday August 25 by Christian McCann Auctions at 429 Burnley Street, Richmond.

According to auctioneer Christian McCann this “Goodbye Burnley Street” auction part two will be the final sale at the premises the company has occupied since it was established in 2010.

“It will take a while to move to the new premises because we have three large on site house auctions in the next three months,” he said.

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Kim's Auctions

Sterling silver among worthy auction pieces

Several quality sterling silver pieces are among items to be auctioned by Kim’s Auctions from 11am Sunday August at 1 Gardiner Road, Hawthorn.

One of the items is an 1833 William IV cup with cover (lot 312) – on display with an 1868 Charles Stuart Harris of London five piece Teniers style tea set and tray (lot 313) and a 1900 rose bowl by Mappin & Webb (lot 314).

Of great interest to auction goers no doubt will be lot 216 – a Scottish sterling silver freedom casket made in 1873 by the Glasgow firm of Muirhead & Arthur.

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EJ Ainger

Collaborative auction for Melbourne jewellery lovers

Who would have thought that a man who cut his teeth as a child on the rugby field (including playing for Melbourne’s Scotch College, Victoria and as an Australian junior) then won a gridiron football scholarship to Arizona State College would end up as one of Australia’s leading jewellery experts.

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