Old parliamentary furniture proves popular at auction

A collection of furniture dating back to 1880 and mothballed by the Victorian Parliament for up to 80 years attracted bidders galore anxious to obtain a slice of parliamentary history at Gibson’s Auctions online auction that ended from 10am on Monday April 4.

Ninety-seven per cent of items sold realising 272 per cent by value. Top seller was lot 140, a pair of 19th century late Victorian upholstered couches, that changed hands for $4148 (including buyer’s premium), followed by lot 171 – an impressive Victorian cedar panelled and diamond point decorated door for $2684.

An American Cutler walnut roll top desk (lot 102) brought $2196, not surprising given their ongoing popularity, while a large circa 1900 Victorian Chesterfield style couch (lot 57) sold for $1952.

A set of 12 19th century Victorian balloon back dining chairs (lot 9) reached $1830 and two button back swivel chairs (lot 59) $1708.

Lot 48, a first half 20th century parliamentary chair changed hands for $1586 – the same price as that paid for five late 19th century/early 20th century antique decorative e cast iron radiators (lot 221).

Two more late 19th century Victorian button back chairs (lot 62) and a large 19th century Victorian cedar library table (lot 123) rounded out the top 10 items, each selling for $1464.

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