Leski Auctions

First robotic lunar soil sample hits Melbourne auction market

The United States might have been the first country to land a man on the Moon (Apollo 11 July 1969) but the Russians can lay claim to being the first to land an unmanned robotic probe on the surface and return a lunar soil sample to Earth (September 24, 1970).

From Mare Fecunditatis (Sea of Fertility), it was the third sample overall to come back following the efforts of NASA’s Apollo 11 and then Apollo 12 space flights in November 1969.

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Kim's Auctions

Sterling silver a big winner at forthcoming Melbourne auction

Sterling silver dating back the 1770s is a major drawcard at Kim’s Auctions final 2019 sale from 11am Sunday December 15 at 329 Warrigal Road, Burwood.

The late 18th century silver – a set of four George III candlesticks by London-based silversmith John Riley – came from the collection of 3rd Baronet Sir Framjee Dinshaw Maneckji Petit (1901-1983) and Lady Sylvia Dinshaw Petit and then by descent to the current owner.

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EJ Ainger

Excitement galore at Aingers second last auction for the year

Paintings – including a floral still life by A.C. Harcourt – oriental silks, eye catching-mirrors and garden ornaments, statues and furniture are among the exciting items on offer at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming decorative arts auction from 9.30am Tuesday December 10 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Among the potential bargains, auction goers just might find that unusual Christmas gift for a loved one or a handy addition to the home.

 

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EJ Ainger

Quality jewellery for auction at Christmas time

Auction goers looking for quality jewellery as Christmas gifts will find it hard to resist the range being offered by Australian Fine Assets at E.J. Ainger’s auction rooms from 2pm Sunday December 8 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

This is the second collaborative jewellery sale between the two companies – essentially being driven by AFA chief executive officer Robert Haigh, one of Australia’s leading jewellery experts who until 2017 was manager and senior jewellery specialist at Leonard Joel.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Fine art auction collection includes appealing Australian paintings

Works by some of Australia’s leading artists – including Charles Blackman, John Perceval, David and Penleigh Boyd – are among an onsite Christian McCann Auctions sale from noon Sunday December 8 at 11 Kent Court, Toorak.

Blackman’s Red and Yellow Jonquils (lot 229) is particularly appealing – along with John Perceval’s By Gaud I’m a Pumpkin 1989 (lot 43) and Penleigh Boyd’s two works Figures resting beneath the tall gum tree by the bay (lot 187) and Bushwalker under the tall ghost gums in the Australian landscape (lot 188).

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Gibsons Auctions

Christmas gift ideas for first time auction goers

Two William Ricketts sculptures (lot 13 and lot 19) are among a comprehensive range of pottery, paintings, photographs and antique furniture being auctioned as part of Gibson’s Auctions Australian & Exploration sale from 1pm Monday December 2 at Level 1, 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The auction is bound to attract plenty of attention from even first time auction goers looking for Christmas gift ideas as estimates on all items are very affordable.

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Philips Auctions

17th century Italian cabinet a Christmas auction highlight

A rare mid-17th century northern Italian rosewood, ivory and ebony cabinet on a 19th century stand (lot 387) is one of the strong antique furniture highlights at Philips Auctions forthcoming Decorative & Fine Arts sale from noon Sunday December 1 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The cabinet contains eight cedar lined drawers each with pen engraved ivory plaques depicting hunting, fishing, fowling and hawking scenes and in its centre is a Renaissance style cupboard with the drawers and the base inlaid with ivory neoclassical pictures.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Eye catching works in Deutscher and Hackett auction

Three of the more valuable works catch the eye in Deutscher and Hackett’s forthcoming Melbourne art auction from 7pm Wednesday November 27 at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra as much for the diversity of the subject matter as for the nationality of the artists behind them.

The first is Yellow Legs, 1969 (lot 13) by iconic Australian artist John Brack (1920-1999) – one of the country’s leading modernists.  

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EJ Ainger

Model boats and art to bring auction goers running

Four model boats complete with blueprints are a major feature of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday November 26 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

One of the boats is in a glass case while two of the others are under full sail and are bound to appeal to model boat collectors.

An exceptional collection or art from a Mirboo North estate includes works by Max Middleton, Joseph Frost, Herman Pekel, Stan Johns, Leon Hanson, Vic Collins, Patrick Kilvington, Brian Kewley, Karlis Mednis and Justus Jorgensen.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Auction a time machine trip back to yesteryear

Christian McCann Auctions has been busy as it prepares for its second auction in seven days – an historic Western Districts homestead called Sylvan Grove and located at 101 Mibus Lane Croxton East near Hamilton, Victoria.

The auction, from noon Sunday November 24, will be a time machine trip back into history as it features a magnificent collection of early English and European antiques lovingly collected over a lifetime to furnish the blue stone homestead built originally in 1866 by German Lutheran migrants Johann Huf Junior and his wife Pauline who had five surviving children.

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