Auction Results

Demetrie Chiparus tops billing at Melbourne art deco auction

It was no surprise to auction goers that a Demetrie Chiparus (1886-1947) circa 1930 dancing female figure (lot 257) topped the billing at Leski Auctions Melbourne art deco sale on April 30 – going under the hammer for $16,000, above its catalogue estimate.

Romanian-born, Chiparus lived, studied and worked Paris and is famous for his dance figures of the Russian ballet and French theatre.

The collection, which contained some of the most...

Australian billionaire collection brings pleasing auction results

Melbourne auction goers were keen to obtain items from Chemist Warehouse billionaire Sam Gance’s Toorak mansion on April 30 and most of the 186 collectables (including 17th and 18th century furniture) on offer were sold within or above catalogue estimates once the Gibson's Auctions sale started.  

The highest hammer price was $13,000 for artist Imants Tillers Nature Speaks 2000 (lot 81), while a pair of cast bronze cranes in...

Neoclassical artist a top performer at Australian art auction

Italian neoclassical painter Fabio Fabbi (1861-1946) – recognised as the last of the Orientalists – scooped the pool with his work entitled Egyptian Street Scene (lot 47) which sold for $80,000 ($30,000 above its high catalogue estimate) at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions Australian & International art sale on April 16.

Born in Bologna and trained at Florence’s Academy of Fine Art, in 1866 Fabbi journeyed to Egypt to join his brother Alberto where he...

Large Australian wne collection goes under the hammer

Melbourne-based Leski Auctions had no trouble selling the large wine collection of Polish Jew Martin Sachs who survived the horrors of the World War II Holocaust in the German Mauthausen Labour Camp to live to the venerable age of 95.

After the war, Martin, who died in 2020, migrated to Australia where he became a successful builder and developer and was able to indulge in some of the finer things in life such as art and wine collecting, cooking and chess.


Jeffrey Smart maintains his Australian auction popularity

While Jeffrey Smart’s (1921-2013) painting Bus by the Tiber 1977-78 (lot 18) was the top selling artwork at Menzies March 29 Melbourne auction – finishing mid catalogue estimate range at $638,182 including buyer’s premium – it was another of his works that sent the sale into overdrive.

Renowned for paintings that reflect on changing social and environmental conditions, the artist’s Study for the Petrol Station 1975 (lot 15) saw three telephone...

Doug Walters baggy green part of Australian auctions maintaining post-Covid pace

Popular former Australian Test cricketer Doug Walters baggy green cap (lot 3537) didn’t quite reach its $15,000 catalogue estimate – but nevertheless was knocked down for a credible $13,800 (including buyer’s premium) at Melbourne-based Abacus Auctions four-day March sale of stamps, postal history, coins and banknotes and sporting memorabilia.

Director Torsten Weller was pleased with the auction’s overall result of more than $1.35 million including buyers’ premiums,...

Auction indigenous art alive and well in Australia

Led by a strong return from iconic indigenous artist Lin Onus (1948-1996) with his Deep Water, Matong 1995 (lot21) and six artist auction records, Australian Aboriginal art is alive and well if the latest Deutscher and Hackett Melbourne sale on March 22 is anything to go by.

The painting sold for $343,636 including buyer’s premium (on a $180,000-$250,000 catalogue estimate) in an auction that realised $3,262,950 for 73 lots – 168 per cent by value where 91...

Georgian clock rings in Leski auction results

A circa 1725 English Georgian spring table clock with an ebonised bell top case and ormolu mounts (lot 641) doubled its high estimate of $6000 ($13,145 with buyer’s premium) to take out top billing at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions decorative arts and collectables sale on March 18.

An antique red stone statue of the Indian goddess Rajasthan (lot 1006) filled second spot with a price tag of $9560 – while a pair of late 18th century demi-lune commodes (lot...

Collectors flock to Melbourne's Royal Worcester auction collection

Despite some of the more valuable painted Royal Worcester plaques not going under the hammer, there was plenty of interest in Ken and Gloria Ely’s world-renowned collection of works by the English porcelain manufacturer at Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions February 27-28 sale.  

At $20,000 hammer price and more than three times the catalogue estimate, the top selling item was a signed 1912 William Hawkins porcelain plaque (lot 14).

Painted after Jean Louis...

Holey dollar fetches top dollar at Melbourne auction

A rare 1813 holey dollar (lot 60) met all expectations when it sold for $145,000 at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions coins, banknotes and stamps auction on February 16.

Struck on a Spanish Charles III 1806 eight reales from Mexico City the sale price was at the higher end of the catalogue estimate.

Introduced by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1813 and Australia’s first coins, holey dollars were used in New South Wales during the early days of penal settlement....


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