August 2013

Glenelg Auctions

Battle of Rorkes Drift a scrimshaw tale

A carved elephant’s tusk containing the scrimshawed tale recounting the Battle of Rorkes Drift in 1879 between the might of the Zulu nation and a small contingent of British soldiers is a highlight of Glenelg Auctions massive two-day collectibles and military auction from 10.30am Saturday.

Made famous in the 1964 film Zulu, the Battle of Rorkes Drift involved about 150 British soldiers under the command of the Royal Engineers Lieutenant John Chard defending the mission station at the post against an overwhelming 4000-strong Zulu force during the Anglo-Zulu War.

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Woodlands Auctions

Cookbook dilemma for restaurant owner

One of the major problems facing Sunnybrae Restaurant owners George Biron and Diane Garrett is what to do with the hundreds of cookbooks accumulated over the years now they have sold the establishment to Dan Hunter, formerly of the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld.

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Leonard Joel

Modern designs appeal to the masses

A range of modern design and special interior home items will be the highlight of Leonard Joel’s auction from noon tomorrow at 12 Smith Street, Collingwood.

The company is increasingly using this space as an auction venue following successful sales in cooperation with well-known Australian artist David Bromley where items can be arranged to maximum effect to interest auction goers.

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Sir Sidney Nolan's estate gems

Art lovers will be presented this week with a once in a lifetime opportunity when Bonhams offers a group of early works from Sir Sidney Nolan’s estate for auction.

The auction, from 6.30pm Tuesday at Ormond Hall 557 St Kilda Road Melbourne, features works Nolan painted between 1937 and 1964.

According to Bonhams chairman Mark Fraser, art lovers until now have mainly only been able to collect works Nolan produced in the latter half of his career, up until his death in 1992.

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Leski Auctions

Albert Einstein letter and other famous autographs collection auctioned

Albert Einstein, the acknowledged father of modern physics and one of the most prolific intellects in human history, is one of the more famous names featured among a comprehensive collection of signed letters and books amassed by Austrian-born Fred Goldschlager – who as a young boy living in Vienna between the two world wars started collecting autographs as a hobby.

Mr Goldschlager died earlier this year and his collection is being auctioned as part of Leski Auctions latest sale from 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Amateur boxer the king of antique collecting and his lovely queen

In his youth, Don Viney was a keen amateur boxer – a sport he loved his entire life.

So much so that in later life in order to keep fit, Don once more donned the gloves to fight as a veteran for the Eltham Shadow Boxing Club. 

In 2010, he even won the World Veteran Championship in the United States and brought the championship belt back to display in the Eltham clubrooms.

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