Leonard Joel

Nature lover offers up his antiques at auction

The collection of porcelain, silver and other fine objects belonging to nature lover and antique dealer the late Laszlo Erdos will be auctioned from 4pm Thursday April 10 by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Born in Hungary, as a young man Laszlo built a reputation as a man of birds with the Ornithological Institute of Hungary and in 1947 discovered a new species – the first in his country for 60 years.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Passionate collector lucky enough to meet artists before buying

Ewart A. Wing was a Sydney collector whose passion for collecting was enhanced by the fact he met one of Royal Worcester’s leading artists David Peplow and the Australian artist Robert Dickerson.

A carpenter/builder who was adept at restoring antique furniture to near perfect condition (helped by his son Robert who was a French polisher), Ewart collected until his death 32 years ago, aged 63.

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EJ Ainger

Famous Collingwood coach has collectibles for auction

Items belonging to the legendary Collingwood player and coach Jock McHale will be a highlight of E.J. Ainger’s special sale from noon Sunday April 6 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Born in Sydney, McHale moved to Melbourne as a child where he attended the Christian Brothers College in East Melbourne before leaving school to work at the nearby McCracken Brewery (later bought out by Carlton United Breweries).

At the same time, he joined Australian Rules football club Coburg, where he immediately impressed and was spotted by Collingwood.

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Glenelg Auctions

Huge Portland auction to attract buyers from everywhere

Following its recent successful clearing sale for Peter Brummell, Glenelg Auctions is faced with another huge auction of 1600 lots from 10.30am Sunday April 6 at 109 Learmonth Street, Portland.

The auction features a comprehensive range of Australian art including six works by leading artist Hugh Sawrey, Cathleen Edkins’ Still Life – Her Garden, and paintings by Joseph Frost, Ray Crooke, Ernest Buckmaster, Tom Offord, John Eldershaw, Norman Lindsay, Basil Hadley, Follen Bishop and Taylor Ghee.

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Military memorabilia and old lamps among auction attractions

Military memorabilia and old lamps are among the attractions to Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday April 4 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The lamps include an early 20th century ship’s masthead lantern and old railway workmen’s lights.

Among the military items are German World War I picklehaub helmets and percussion cap rifles.

The auction also contains vintage typewriters from the collection of former champion European speedway motorcyclist Romanian Emeric Somlo who migrated to Australia in 1965.

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Blackman auction a rare chance for art lovers

The Charles Blackman Fundraising Auction presents art lovers with a once in a lifetime opportunity to buy one of the iconic artist’s works at prices not likely to be seen again for a long time.

The auction, from 2.30pm Tuesday April 1 at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street Armadale, comprises the bulk of Charles Blackman’s drawings, paintings and editions now left in his studio.

The collection is being auctioned to help pay for the round-the-clock carers the 86-year-old artist now requires for health reasons.

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Sothebys Australia

Diamond and turquoise suite - an auction for jewellery lovers

A striking diamond and turquoise suite by ground-breaking American jewellery designer David Webb (1925-1975) will be a major attraction at Sotheby’s Australia jewellery auction from 6pm Tuesday at the company’s new premises Level 9, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.

David Webb, who made the suite (catalogue estimate $230,000-$280,000) about 1970, was renowned for his bold, powerful and colourful designs and paved the way for contemporary designers by creating jewellery as art.

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Swarovski crystal a popular auction item

Several Swarovski crystal ornaments will be part of Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday March 28 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

Popular particularly among Asian buyers, the crystal ornaments include a pair featuring the wonders of the sea and several other individual silver crystal creations.

There are still several Royal Doulton character jugs remaining from last week’s massive sale, however, auction goers will no doubt be interested in some of the latest art offerings – which include paintings by A.A. Prout, Brian Nash and Brian Cox.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Ainsworth collection offers several large canvases

Several large scale canvases by some of the most well-known Australian indigenous and non-indigenous artists are among highlights of the K.D.H Ainsworth collection to be auctioned from 7pm Wednesday March 26 by Deutscher and Hackett at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra.

Three works by leading Kimberley artist Paddy Bedford, who died in July 2007, are in the sale.

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Leonard Joel

Unseen von Guerard heads to auction after 145 years

An unseen colonial Western District painting by Eugene von Guerard entitled View of Mt Sturgeon and Mt Abrupt from the Crater of Bald Hill 1856, 1869 and still housed in its original Isaac Whitehead frame has emerged from obscurity to be the major feature of Leonard Joel’s fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday March 25 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The painting was never exhibited and until now was unknown to academics and institutions.

Instead, it was cherished for four generations within the one family.

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