Leski Auctions

Vintage clock collection auction a tribute to a passionate student of history

It is hardly surprising that the late David Vinall became a passionate collector given that his father Laurie amassed a nationally significant array of veteran cars on their historic South Australian 32-hectare property Albion Farm.

The vehicle collection included an 1898 Mercedes Benz – the first car ever registered in Victoria. This belt and tiller driven invention ended its passenger-ferrying life in Glenorchy driving farm machinery before being fully restored and is now a proud part of South Australia’s Birdwood National Museum.  

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Menzies Art Brands

Kirk Douglas's favourite Sidney Nolan painting an Australian auction highlight

Always seen as one of Australia’s leading modern 20th century artists, Sidney Nolan (1917-1992) became a household name through his stunning depictions of infamous outlaw and bushranger Ned Kelly who, dressed in his legendary iron suit of armour for a shootout with Victorian police at Glenrowan, was hanged aged 25 on November 11, 1880 at Old Melbourne Gaol.

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Leski Auctions

Sir John Monash collection an Australian auction treasure

General Sir John Monash (1865-1931) is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most iconic figures – his name perpetuated in institutions such as Melbourne’s Monash University and a major city freeway also bearing his moniker.

Regarded by some as “the only general of creative originality produced by the First World War”, Monash headed Australia’s 4th Infantry Brigade at Gallipoli and in May 1918 became the Australian Corps commander, at the time the largest military contingent on the Western Front.

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Abacus Auctions

Extremely rare Don Bradman cricket card an Australian auction find

The rarest Don Bradman cricket cigarette and trade card in existence (lot 3627) is being auctioned through Melbourne-based Abacus Auctions at its forthcoming four-day stamps, postal history, militaria, coins and banknotes and sporting memorabilia sale from 11am Tuesday May 21, continuing each day at the same time until Friday May 24.

The card, issued in 1932 by the Friends Temperance Union, is one of only six or seven known examples worldwide.

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Philips Auctions

Indigenous art a drawcard in Melbourne fine arts auction

For fans of indigenous artist icon Emily Kame Kngwarreye (1909-1996), Melbourne-based Philips Auctions is offering three of her paintings (lots 230-232), all entitled My Country as part of its forthcoming timed online fine and decorative arts ending from 9.30am Monday May 13.

Although the paintings are nowhere near her normally very pricy works, they are still carrying individual catalogue estimates of $15,000-$20,000 and are a worthy addition to Aboriginal art collections.

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Leski Auctions

AFL football great forced to auction his collection

The guernsey Nathan Buckley wore when he won the 2002 Norm Smith medal for best on ground in Collingwood’s grand final loss to the Brisbane Lions (lot 265), is among more than 200 of his sporting memorabilia items the former legendary player and coach is being forced to auction from 10am on Wednesday May 1 in Melbourne.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Brett Whiteley treasure at Australian art auction

Brett Whiteley (1939-1992), whose relatively early death deprived the Australian art industry of one its most iconic figures, continues to excite secondary art market buyers each time one of his paintings is offered for auction.

The Wren, 1978 is yet another leading example of his uncanny ability to capture the Australian landscape in all its glory – this time shimmering summer heat that covers rolling hills and valleys near his New South Wales home town of Bathurst.

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Philips Auctions

Japanese auction collection the largest ever in Australia

International and Australian buyers are salivating over the largest collection of Japanese and Chinese artefacts ever seen in Australia.

To be auctioned online concluding from 8pm Wednesday April 10 by Melbourne-based Philips Auctions, the Coopers Collection is currently on view in the company’s rooms at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern East.

With more than 400 lots on offer, director Tony Philips says he already has more than 250 international bidders and more than 200 from Australia.

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Menzies Art Brands

Big name artists give Australian art auction a welcome boost

With no million-dollar estimate paintings at its March 27 Melbourne auction, Menzies is relying on the pulling power of iconic Australian artists Charles Blackman (1928-2018) and Brett Whiteley (1939-1992) to bring buyers through the doors of its recently renovated 1 Darling Street, South Yarra premises for a 6.30pm start.

Blackman’s Day Dream 1958 (lot 33) carries the auction’s highest catalogue estimate of $200,000-$250,000.

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Leski Auctions

Australian photographic history museum comes to an auction close

It has taken just over 18 months and three sales but Melbourne-based Leski Auctions is finally wrapping up the auctioning of the last cameras left from the windup of Melbourne’s iconic Michael family camera museum.

Part Three – and the final sale – will be held from 10am Tuesday March 26 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale, bringing to a close more than a century of the Michael’s family business involvement with the Victorian capital.

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