Auction Results

Melbourne comprehensive collection brings almost double its estimate

Almost everything in the comprehensive collection of late Melbourne businessman Harry Oviss sold at Gibson’s Auctions three-day sale from October 3-5 at nearly twice its total estimated catalogue value.

A native of Palestine, Harry migrated in 1924 to Australia while still a baby – with his parents, who became successful business people, searching for a better life.

Harry, too, was destined to become a business success – first as a clothing and fashion magnate...

David Hockney shows his class at Australian print auction

Of the international artists featuring in Menzies first timed online only auction finishing on September 23 and dedicated to prints and multiples, English painter David Hockney – considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century – was the one with the most appeal.

His Untitled No. 20 from the Yosemite Suite 2010 (of which the total number of editions was just 25) and listed as lot 16 doubled its high catalogue estimate to be...

Australian Hall of Fame inductee premiership medals achieve top auction result

Three premiership medals (lot 426) won in 1939, 1940 and 1941 by Melbourne Football Club’s Australian Hall of Fame inductee Percy Beames (1911-2004) beat all comers at Leski Auctions Sporting Memorabilia auction on Monday September 20 when they sold for $54,970 (including buyer’s premium).

Joining Melbourne in 1931, Beames soon established himself as the club’s rover and was part of the hat-trick of premierships the club won from 1939-41 and then captain-coached for...

Arthur Boyd an Australian auction winner

One of iconic Australian artist Arthur Boyd’s (1920-1999) Wimmera Series paintings from the 1950s (lot 126) was the big winner at Leski Auctions Foster Collection sale from the family’s Mount Eliza mansion Dendron House on Sunday September 5.

The painting was knocked down for $110,000 – almost twice its catalogue estimate – or $131,450 when the buyer’s premium is taken into account.

All the auction items sold for a total of $362,228 (including buyers’...

George III library bookcase doubles estimate in Melbourne socialite auction sale

A circa 1790 George III mahogany library breakfront bookcase (lot 11) belonging to leading Melbourne socialite the late Billie Tyrrell beat all comers at Gibson’s Auctions August 22-23 Melbourne sale to go under the hammer for $12,000 – twice its high catalogue estimate.

Married to former Naval lieutenant Harry Tyrrell, who founded National Can Industries, Billie was born in 1924 in Malvern and spent most of her early life at Kanga, an elegant home designed by famous...

Modest Chinese panel fetches record Australian auction price

Somehow a 19th century Chinese Qing Dynasty framed panel (lot 940) with the modest catalogue estimate of $250-$350 scooped the auction pool at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions Decorative Arts & Collectables on August 14 and 15 when it changed hands for a staggering $47,800 including buyer’s premium.

Bidding for the panel was extraordinary as 87 per cent of lots sold across two sessions with Leski Auctions auctioneers spending almost 20 hours on the...

Scientific instruments hit the mark in special Australian auction collection

For enthusiastic collectors of scientific instruments, it probably came as no surprise that a Grand Orrery (lot 12) made by Hungarian refugee engineer George Gyori sold for $53,680 (Including buyer’s premium) – more than double its catalogue estimate – at Gibson’s Auctions Melbourne sale on July 11 of his comprehensive collection of Australian, maritime and exploration memorabilia.

The orrery, one of several in the auction, is a marvellous exhibition of his...

Valued "old stager" scoops the auction pool at Menzies sale

One of Australia’s most valued artists and an old stager by contemporary standards, Tom Roberts (1856-1931), fetched the highest price at Menzies Melbourne auction on Wednesday June 30 for his work titled Portrait of C.S. Paterson 1888 (lot 34) – a credible $233,181.82 including buyer’s premium.

The painting is historically significant because it depicts Melbourne’s leading art director of the 1870s and 80s, Charles Stewart Paterson (1834-1917), whose firm...

Stamps and postal cards fetch good results at Melbourne auction

A £2 black and rose kangaroo first watermark stamp (lot 134) has sold for more than twice its catalogue estimate at $26,887.50 (including buyer’s premium) as part of Leski Auctions Melbourne Stamps, Coins & Postal History sale on Sunday June 27.

Accompanied by a 1983 BPA certificate, it is the finer of the two known examples still in existence with the other sold in 2007 as part of the Arthur Gray Collection in New York.

Four hundred and fifty five of the...

Australia's Kennedy collection a worthy auction result

An early 19th century colonial Tasmanian cedar and blackwood sideboard (lot 231) belonging to Trevor Kennedy, former journalist and right hand man to Australian media tycoon the late Kerry Packer, sold for a solid within catalogue estimate range $24,400 (including buyer’s premium) at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions on Sunday June 20 and Monday June 21.

The sideboard was part of his extensive collection of colonial furniture, silver and other collectables...

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