Auction Results

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...

Gold beer glass pips all at Australian historical auction

For the Australian couple who in 2010 won a commemorative 18-carat gold beer glass by Hardy Brothers Jewellers organised by Carlton Draft Brewery, Leski Auctions weekend auction (Saturday May 29 and Sunday May 30) in Melbourne was a real bonus.

The glass (lot 64) fell only $500 short of its lower catalogue estimate, bringing $119,500 (including buyer’s premium), and was the top-selling item of more than 1300 lots – 90 per cent of which sold for $1,401,735.

Part...

Chinese bronze censer sets up Melbourne auction success

A very unusual Chinese archaistic lacquered bronze covered censer (lot 102) sold for $23,180 (including buyer’s premium) at Gibson’s Auctions Autumn Series sale on May 16 in Melbourne.

With a catalogue estimate of $5000-$7000, it was the top selling item in an auction that comprised 532 pieces covering a comprehensive range of categories.

The circa 1889 gilded and patinated bronze sculpture entitled Gloria Victis (lot 153) by French sculptor Marius...

Religious icons impact Melbourne auction sale

Religious icons and statuary collected by former Australian cartoonist, artist and creative advertising director the late Joe Greenberg featured prominently among the top 10 results achieving well above catalogue estimates at Leski Auctions May 9 sale in Melbourne.

The Orthodox and Catholic icons – including a circa 1800 rare and important Palestinian School Proskynetarion or Pilgrim’s Memento comprising images of the Holy Sepulchre within the City of Jerusalem and...

Art lovers pay record prices for Australian art despite COVID-19 pandemic hangover

COVID-19 does not seemed to have dented the confidence of art lovers and investors judging by the results of Deutscher and Hackett’s first major auction for 2021 when 80 works were earmarked to go under the hammer for an impressive $9,580,950 including buyers’ premium on Wednesday April 21 – led by a record auction price for the artist of $2.5 million ($3,068,182 IBP) for Arthur Streeton’s (1867-1943) The Grand Canal, 1908 (lot 21).

The Melbourne sale of...

Religious Rupert Bunny to the Australian auction fore

It is probably no surprise that Rupert Bunny’s (1864-1947) important circa 1899 religious painting St Veronica (lot 23) scooped the pool at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Australian & International Art sale on Sunday April 18 with a $26,840 (including buyer’s premium) result.

It is a powerful and timeless image that portrays the legend of Veronica witnessing Jesus carrying the cross for his crucifixion and offering her veil as a towel.

The image...

Archibald winner achieves his own artist auction record

Ben Quilty would be more than pleased with the results of Menzies Sydney art auction on March 31 given that his painting Beast 2 (lot 20) went under the hammer for $220,000 – an auction record for one of his works. 

Born in 1973 in Sydney, Quilty is recognised as one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and has won several major prizes including the 2011 Archibald. 

In October that year he also was attached to the Australian Defence Forces to...

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