Steve Graham Auctioneer

Steam engines fire up auction enthusiasts

Avid model steam engine collector Greg Edwards is auctioning more of his collection through auctioneer Steve Graham from 10am tomorrow at 64 Urquhart Street, Woodend.

The sale includes a 1920s British Atkinson steam truck – a model so large Greg Edwards can sit on it.

Greg was only 13 when he began collecting model steam engines – and eventually built his stocks to more than 200, describing his collecting habits as “a bit of a disease”.

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Leonard Joel

Practical steamboat set the new world in motion

 A live steam model of the “Charlotte Dundas” – the world’s first practical steamboat – is among items to be auctioned from noon on Sunday June 1 at Leonard Joel, 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The auction, entitled Classic Furniture, Objects and Collectables, comprises several single owner collections from different parts of Australia.

Built in the 1870s, the model (according to family history) is made from timber taken from the actual Charlotte Dundas after it was scrapped in 1861.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Templestowe mansion contents up for grabs

The entire contents of a magnificent Templestowe mansion will be auctioned on site at 11a Read Street from noon Sunday June 1 by Christian McCann Auctions because the family is moving back to China.

The auction comprises the finest French, English and Chinese antiques, art and decorative arts and, according to Christian McCann, is a sale any serious collector or enthusiast must not miss.

Included in the auction is superb antique French furniture featuring ormolu mounted Boulle pieces, commodes, display cabinets, armchairs, gilt mirrors and library items.

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Mossgreen

Interior designer collection to spark collector interest

Well-known Melbourne interior designer Stuart Rattle was found dead on December 9 last year when fire engulfed his South Yarra apartment.

Within days, his long-time partner Michael O’Neill was arrested for his murder and remanded in custody until a committal mention hearing later this month.

Mr Rattle owned Musk Farm near Daylesford, a property he bought in 1998 and was recognised for the landscaping he carried out.

The farm is now for sale and Mossgreen has been asked to auction the contents from noon on Sunday June 1.

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Youngs

Auction links to Camberwell's past

A strong link to Camberwell’s historic past will be among items to be auctioned from 9.30am Friday May 30 in Young’s Auctions special sale at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The link comprises items from and a painting of a late 19th century mansion on the corner of Riversdale and Trafalgar Roads – knocked down in the 1970s to build a hospital on the site.

The items include a leadlight window from the mansion and cast iron posts and lacework fencing.

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EJ Ainger

Luxurious Italian style furniture on the auction menu

Luxurious Italian style antique furniture mainly from Florence and fine antique pieces from France, England and Australia are on the menu for auction goers at E.J. Ainger’s latest weekly sale from 9.30am on Tuesday at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction also will feature genuine Persian and Turkish rugs along with a range of estate jewellery, porcelain, silver, dinner and tea services, paintings and coloured prints.

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Youngs

Vintage scales, cameras, sewing machines to bring out collectors

Young’s Auctions latest sale on Friday May 23 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn features a set of 100-year-old vintage scales from Argentina owned by a well-travelled vendor.

There are several vintage cameras including a Roliflex, Zeiss Ikon and a Canon with multiple lenses, still in its original carry case.

There also is a washbowl by stoneware maker Mason’s, particularly popular last century, and the last of the vintage sewing machines and typewriters from the estate of European speedway motorcycle champion Romanian Emeric Somlo who migrated to Australia in 1965.

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Mossgreen

Ben Hollioake collection for cricketing enthusiasts

Ben Hollioake was well known for his lightning fast bowling and talent with the bat – even when he was only nine years old.

Little wonder that English captain Mike Atherton decided in 1997 to send Hollioake in as a pinch-hitter at No. 3 for his first one-day international match against the might of a top-class Australian attack that included fast bowler Glenn McGrath and legendary leg spinner Shane Warne.

Third ball he drove Glenn McGrath back down the ground for four, and then took 13 from his next over.

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EJ Ainger

Retro and period furniture and collectables in weekly auction

E.J. Ainger’s weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday May 20 offers auction goers a comprehensive range of retro and period furniture and a large selection of collectables.

 

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Leonard Joel

Single owner contemporary art collection sparks auction interest

Several well-known Australian artists are among a single owner collection of contemporary art being auctioned from 6.30pm Monday May 19 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Of particular interest is an oil painting (the only one of hers in the sale) by 2008 and 2013 Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton – while the catalogue front cover Approach to Minal Minali by Shaun Gladwell belongs to a series he showed in 2009 in Vencie while representing Australia, along with another of his sale paintings Approach to Road Kill.

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