Auction Results

Australia Post auction a 10-hour marathon

Abbeys Auctions November 9 annual Australia Post sale lasted for almost 10 hours as more than 1000 lots of unclaimed postal items were keenly contested by both online and auction room buyers.

Several of the more unusual items to go under the hammer included a limited edition Les Paul Gothic Series Gibson electric guitar, which sold for $1440 including buyers premium.

A Bear Brick collectible figure displaying a Sex Pistols theme changed hands for $570, while a...

High clearance rate for Amanda Addams Auctions

Following a busy two days viewing and a full house of registered bidders, Amanda Addams Auctions November 4 sale was notable for its high clearance rate of 80 per cent (both auction and after sales) and several jewellery items that changed hands at healthy prices.

An 18-carat gold and tanzanite ring led the charge selling for $3798 including buyers premium, while an 18-carat white gold emerald and diamond ring brought $3324.

A 14-carat yellow gold multi-...

Brett Whiteley painting achieves auction record

Brett Whiteley’s My Armchair 1976 was knocked down to well-known Melbourne buyer John Playfoot on October 31 at Menzies auction for a new artist record of $3,927,272 (including buyer’s premium).

The result surpasses Whiteley’s previous auction record of $3.48 million (including buyer’s premium) for The Olgas for Ernest Giles sold by Menzies in 2007.

A massive, eye-catching and impressive work, My Armchair was painted at a...

Shear excitement as historic clippers go under hammer for healthy price

The National Museum of Australia has bought the historic Jackie Howe Mechanical Shears at Sotheby’s Australia’s October Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design sale after a frenzied bidding war saw the price charge to $46,360 including buyers premium.

Sotheby's had placed a fairly conservative estimate of $15,000-$25,000 on the shears but with competitive bidding from both telephones and the room the price soon...

Flying start for Philips Auctions October sale

Philips Auctions October fine and decorative arts sale got off to a flying start with every early lot selling – many well above the catalogue estimates. 

Great examples were the 1870s mahogany “musette” crank organ music box complete with rolls that sold for $1180 on an $800 upper estimate and an 1840s English Regency table clock that changed hands for $5192.

Another strong early result was the fine French spelter figural clock that sold for $2242 on a $...

Mossgreen achieves auction record for historical volumes

Historically important rare books were the highlight of Mossgreen’s first auction in new salerooms in Armadale this last week. 

Comprising 22 volumes of engraved plates, maps, charts and scientific discoveries made on French expeditions of the Pacific from 1826-1829, “Voyage de la corvette l’Astrolabe” by Dumont D’Urville was conservatively estimated at $25,000-35,000 – with the expectation that they would probably fetch a higher price on the day. 


Amanda Addams Auctions October sale top nine results

Amanda Addams Auctions top nine results at the October 7 sale were encouraging with a William Ricketts sculpture (lot 198) bringing $5000, and a Diamond and Sapphire Pendant (lot 124) $3300.

An Argy Rousseau bowl (lot 119) prompted plenty of bidding and eventually sold for $2250, while an emerald and diamond ring (lot 130) was knocked down for $1700.

There was a great deal of interest in the antique French walnut dumbwaiter (lot 422) that sold for $1550, and...

Diamond wristwatch sale typifies Leonard Joel jewellery auction result

The sale of a superb and precisely crafted lady’s art deco diamond wristwatch with cover typified Leonard Joel's September jewellery auction. Put simply, buyers were out in force for period pieces and branded jewellery.

The watch in question, lot 67, realised $5,124 (IBP) against a low estimate of $2,000. The theme of quality in demand...

Auction intiatives pay dividends

Recent initiatives by Philips Auctions to better service its clientele – including the establishment of a Chinese language version of its website and regular Chinese language newsletters – has paid dividends for the company’s latest auctions, with 220 and 150 registered bidders for the respective September fine and decorative arts and jewellery sales.

More than 200 auction goers viewed the sale on the Saturday before auction and this strong interest certainly showed...

Did social media following have a hand in Australian art auction result?

Her massive social media following (almost 600,000 Instagram devotees) might have had some bearing on the result – but when contemporary Australian ‘instafamous’ artist Catherine Jenna Hendry’s (CJ Hendry) first work to appear at auction, listed as lot 17 and entitled Red Paint Swatch (Small) and Blue Paint Swatch (Small),  went under the hammer on December 1 in Sydney at Menzies Important and International art sale it sold for $63,818.18 (including buyer’s premium),...


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