Auction Results

Emily Kame Kngwarreye never fails to surprise at Australian art auctions

Except for iconic indigenous artist Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c1910-1996) art sales went more or less according to plan at Menzies important Australian and international art auction in Melbourne on June 26.

Her Wild Orange 1991 synthetic polymer paint on canvas effort (lot 28) pleasingly surpassed many expectations with its $245,455 (Including buyer’s premium) return on a $60,000-$80,000 catalogue estimate.

Like Rover Thomas, Kngwarreye is a mainstay of...

Personal collections always popular at Australian auctions

Two inescapable conclusions are apparent from the results of Melbourne-based Leski Auctions latest two-day decorative arts and collectables sale on June 22 and 23.

One – the personal collections of well-known collectors are popular with buyers, with almost all items selling within or above catalogue estimate range.

Two – it can be difficult at times to set realistic estimates for items imported from other countries.

It is of little surprise that the...

Coat pocket cricket afterthought items bring Australian auction fortune

Six small items formerly owned by Australian fast bowling great the late Alan Davidson (1929-2021) and found in an old coat pocket have realised a massive $70,000 at Melbourne-based Abacus Auctions sporting memorabilia, stamps, coins and banknotes and postal history May sale.

The items, which included a Sydney Cricket Ground life members badge and Melbourne Cricket Club honorary members badge with a pair of silver cuff links commemorating the 40th...

Sir John Monash collection proves popular at Australian auction

An Arthur Streeton painting of General Sir John Monash’s 1918 French headquarters at La Cateau (lot 720) sold for $42,000 at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions Australian & Historical sale on May 25 and 26.

Streeton completed the painting after he visited the headquarters and then gifted it to Monash as a token of gratitude.

The painting brought the second highest price of the Monash collection (comprising lots 703-776) that was a major highlight in an auction...

Prominent Australian sporting figures feature at auction

Items owned by prominent Australian sporting figures Nathan Buckley and Maureen Caird scooped the pool at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions May 1 Sporting Memorabilia sale when almost 600 lots went under the hammer.

Caird’s 1968 Mexico City Olympic gold medal for winning the 80-metres hurdle event (lot 584) was a bonanza $36,000 on a $20,000-$25,000 catalogue estimate – showing yet again how much Olympic memorabilia is prized among collectors.

Several other items...

Deutscher and Hackett achieves highest Australian art auction total in 17 years

Comparatively high Interest rates and increases in the cost of living might be impacting Australian home buyers at the moment, but the secondary art market is still booming – if Deutscher and Hackett’s latest sale results are any guide.

The auction house’s Melbourne-based April Australian and International Fine Arts auction saw the offered 55 paintings scream past their collective high $14,872,000 catalogue estimate to realise $16,689,682 including buyers’ premiums....

Charles Blackman leads solid auction charge at Menzies Melbourne art sale

Charles Blackman’s (1928-2018) Day Dream 1958 (lot 33) brought the highest price of $270,000 (including buyer’s premium) at Menzies Melbourne auction on March 27 in a sale that just tipped over the $4.025 million mark (bp included) when 82 per cent of the works on offer changed hands.

The painting is a key element of the artist’s Faces and Flowers series, completed when Blackman was at the peak of his early recognition.

Buyer enthusiasm for such a rare...

Emily Kame Kngwarreye is the indigenous apple of the Australian auction eye

Collectors of Australian indigenous art wanting to ensure their investment is safe and increasing in value need not look further than the iconic Emily Kame Kngwarreye (c1910-1996) – one of Australia’s greatest Aboriginal artists.

Four of her paintings featured among the top 10 results at Deutscher and Hackett’s Important Australian Indigenous Art auction on March 26 in Melbourne – led by Untitled (Endunga) 1990 (lot 7) which topped the sale at $331,364 (...

Australian photographic museum auction has its last hurrah

The final part – part III – of Melbourne’s iconic Michael family camera museum was wrapped up on March 26 by Leski Auctions with all but 70 of the 651 lots (89 per cent) selling mainly within or above catalogue estimates.

Although many of the items changed hands for several hundred dollars, it was a magic moment for collectors as it marked the end of an era in Australian photographic history.

Situated on the corner Melbourne’s CBD Elizabeth and Lonsdale Streets...

Australian couple's unique collection proves popular with buyers

Personal collections built up over many years often attract a strong following when auctioned and so it proved for ageing Australian couple Michael and Valerie Gregg’s lifetime assembly of silver, Australian furniture, ceramics, jewellery and pottery unrivalled anywhere in the world sold on March 24 by Melbourne-based Leski Auctions.

The entire collection of 797 lots was sold with many of the items attracting bids well above their catalogue estimates.



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