Auction Results

Australian single owner photography collection an auction performer

Single owner collections often do well at auction but, given the niche market art photography occupies in Australia, Deutscher and Hackett’s October 11 62 per cent sale result by volume of Australian photographer the late Joyce Evan’s collection of fellow colleagues works was undoubtedly pleasing.

Evans died in 2019 aged 90 but during her life was dedicated to all aspects of photography including portraiture, landscape and documentaries and was always seeking to...

Antique clocks still bring auction collectors running

Nineteenth century clocks still attract a large following and an impressive German table Black Forest “Trumpeter” version (lot 870) was no exception when knocked down for $7000 on a $1500-$2500 catalogue estimate at Melbourne-based Leski Auctions two-day September Decorative Arts & Collectables sale.

The clock was the auction’s top-selling item followed by a 19th/20th century blanc de chine Chinese porcelain Buddha statue (lot 296) for $5500...

Australian media icons valuable paintings snapped up at auction

All bar one of the seven highly valuable paintings owned by two icons of Australian media and advertising sold within or above their catalogue estimates at Deutscher and Hackett’s Important Australian and International Fine Art Sydney September auction.

The paintings, all by Australia’s best known artists, were part of collections by founder of Australia’s largest advertising agency Clemenger BBDO Peter Clemenger and his wife Joan and media mogul the late Reg Grundy (...

Pottery items to the fore in Australian, maritime and natural history auction

A glazed earthenware kookaburra bough dish (lot 23) made by Australian potter Grace Seccombe (1880-1956) sold for as hammer price of $11,000 – 10 times its lower catalogue estimate – at Gibson’s Auctions Australian, Maritime and Natural History sale on August 28 and 29 in Melbourne.

A little more than half (180) of the 314 items offered at the live auction on the first day sold

with a rare 1940s Remued glazed earthenware koala vase (lot 14) bringing $8500 – the...

Modest auction results for Aboriginal bark paintings

Not all art collectors are keen on Aboriginal bark paintings – but those purchased by Australian superannuation giant Cbus as part of its iconic art collection most art enthusiasts would have thought to be an exception.

The bark paintings – all by senior member of the Barabba clan from South-Central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory Wally Mandarrk – comprised Part IV of the paintings that Cbus asked Deutscher and Hackett to sell in four auctions throughout late...

Nostalgic Australian cricket memorabilia attracts plenty of attention

A piece of nostalgic sporting history went under the hammer at Leski Auctions July 23 sporting memorabilia Melbourne sale when Shane Warne’s batting helmet from his first Ashes tour of England in 1993 (lot 271) was sold for $8500 hammer price.

Warne, who died tragically on March 4 this year from a heart attack aged 52, took 708 Test wickets for Australia during his 15-year career from 1992-2007 as a leg spin bowler.

During the 1993 six-Test Ashes tour, Warne...

Good auction results continue for Australian Cbus art collection

Deutscher and Hackett recorded another pleasing result of $321,300 including buyers premiums (104 per cent by value) for Part III of its Australian superannuation giant Cbus art collection auction on August 16.

All but seven of the 48 paintings on offer sold with well-known Australian painter and ceramic artist John Perceval’s (1923-2000) – the last surviving member of a self-taught group known as the Angry Penguins – painting entitled The Garden of Eden...

Historic Chinese replica scoops auction pool at Melbourne camera sale

Chinese Communist Party founder Mao Zedong’s fourth wife Jiang Qing – a keen photographer – might have been tempted to make an ongoing commercial venture of her Chinese-made Red Flag cameras, produced in the 1970s in Shanghai, if she ever thought that one day they would become expensive collectors items.

Of course, these days they are so rare that Leski Auctions director Charles Leski has only seen one – and that sold for a hammer price and high catalogue estimate of...

Artist record set in Australian Cbus art collection auction

Australian post World War II and contemporary artist Robert Clinch (born 1957) knocked over his own auction record at Deutscher and Hackett’s Part II sale of superannuation giant Cbus’s art collection on August 9 in Melbourne.

His painting Twenty Four Variations on a Theme by Pagan (lot 28) was not only the top selling auction work for $147,273 (including buyer’s premium) – eclipsing the price paid for Memory in 2012 at Menzies Sydney art sale.


COVID-19 delay doesn't stop the flock of Australian stamp and sports auction collectors

A two-week delay caused by staff forced to isolate because they contracted COVID-19 didn’t stop buyers flocking to Melbourne-based Abacus Auctions comprehensive and wide-ranging Stamps & Postal History, Picture Postcards, Medals & Militaria, coins & Banknotes, Cigarette & Trade Cards, Sporting Memorabilia and General Collectables auction from August 3-5.

With more than 2700 items on the table and given the enthusiasm of collectors, it is not surprising...


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