Auction Results

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...

No substitiute for quality in Australian art auction market

When quality Australian paintings hit the art auction market it is no surprise that buyers will clamber over each other to get a piece of the action.

And so it proved for Deutscher and Hackett’s Melbourne sale of the 100 highlights of superannuation giant Cbus collection of Australian art – assembled by art legend the late Dr Joseph Brown between 1992 and 2007.

Ninety-five per cent of the works sold, with six new artist records established along the way.


Royal Worcester collection achieves top results at Australian auction

In a testimony to the popularity of quality Royal Worcester porcelain, seven of the top 10 items at Gibson’s Auctions July winter auction were part of the late June Harris collection from the famous English manufacturer.

Although the top selling lot (at $26,840 including buyer’s premium – more than four times its catalogue estimate) was an empire revival giltwood sofa and matching club chairs by Italian designer Gianni Versace (lot 299), Royal Worcester from the...

Religious art tops the billing at Australian art auction

Justin O’Brien’s (1917-1996) Madonna c1959 (lot 26) achieved its predicted artist’s auction record following frenetic bidding at Menzies Australian and International Art sale on June 29 in Melbourne.

The price of $417,272.73 including buyer’s premium (near the top of the catalogue estimate) shows art lovers are willing to pay top dollar for religious paintings if the subject and work are sufficiently striking and to their liking.

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Australian woodcarver tops Leski's Australiana auction results

Renowned Australian woodcarver Robert Prenzel (1866-1941) topped the billing at Leski Auctions June 25 Australian & Historical sale with a pair of signed carved portrait panels of an Aboriginal man and woman (lot 307) which sold for $28,680 (including buyer’s premium).

Born in Prussia, Prenzel, completed a four-year apprenticeship and studied at the Dusseldorf Academy before “carving” his way through Europe and arriving in Melbourne  in November 1888.


A mix of collections brings good results at Melbourne auction

Three items from Melbourne collector Andrée Harkness took top billing at Gibson’s Auctions Interior Private Collections sale on Sunday June 5 with another three featuring among the top 10 results.

Leading the charge was a pair of early 18th century Queen Anne/George I walnut sided chairs and conforming foot stool (lot 77) – acquired in May 2008 from Brian Rolleston of London – which, although listed at a modest $400-$500 catalogue estimate, changed hands...

Decor brand inventor collection achieves strong auction results

If Décor brand inventor Brian Davis were still alive he no doubt would have been delighted with the sale results of his collection through Melbourne-based Leski Auctions on May 29.

The top selling item was Frederick McCubbin’s (1855-1917) painting entitled Towards Richmond, from Kensington Road, South Yarra (lot 153) which changed hands for $59,750 including buyer’s premium.

Brian, who died last year aged 91, brought world-class design, creativity and...

Buyers keen on online Australian art auction

Buyers showed their willingness to pay for the privilege of owning quality Australian paintings when Deutscher and Hackett closed its timed online auction of contemporary, Aboriginal and modern works in Melbourne on May 17. 

Although these were not the most expensive works for many these well-known Australian artists, nevertheless bidding was brisk as buyers tussled to obtain a favourite painting. 

A perennial favourite Ray Crooke took top billing...

Auction buyers get serious about Australian gold coins

Australian proof gold coins dating from 1986 to 1988 produced by the Perth Mint in a large jarrah timber presentation box (lot 53) brought the top price of $17,327.50 (including buyer’s premium) at Leski Auctions Stamps, Coins and Postal History Melbourne sale on May 10.

A 2d Kangaroo stamp (lot 177) with a catalogue estimate of $150-$200 surprised many auction goers when the successful bidder finally got their hands on the item for an incredible $15,535. 



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