April 2014

Amanda Addams Auctions

"Nutcase collector" focuses on inkwells

Paul Buckley describes himself as a “nutcase collector” – and for about 50 years has indulged an unusual obsession of collecting inkwells and fountain pens in all shapes and sizes.

Now in their early 70s, he and his wife Eileen have moved into smaller premises and there is no room left for his collection.

“I think Eileen is tired of dusting all the different items,” Paul said – not surprising given there are some 200 inkwells, a similar number of fountain pens and about 5000 gold plated nibs.

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Philips Auctions

Australia's largest collection of Staffordshire dogs to go under hammer

The largest collection of Staffordshire dogs in Australia is set to be auctioned from noon on Sunday May 4 at Philips Auctions 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The collection, which also includes several porcelain cats and lions, was owned by a Pennsylvanian woman whose son-in-law shipped it to Australia after she died.

According to antique trade experts, it is the biggest Staffordshire dog collection in living memory and contains several rare specimens from the 1850s to 1890s.

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Christian McCann Auctions

A great nephew finds famous uncle's painting in attic

William Beckwith (W.B.) McInnes is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest portrait painters and during his lifetime won the Archibald Prize seven times.

Born in 1889, McInnes studied at the National Gallery of Victoria under Frederick McCubbin and won his first Archibald Prize in 1921.

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Glenelg Auctions

Museum contents auction for iconic tourism identity

Never one to pass up a business opportunity, at age 60 the late Nancy Leeson decided to turn the family property, known as “The Poplars” in Bolwarra, into a successful tourism venture.

Born in 1911, she left Portland aged nine only to return in 1953 when her father retired and bought The Poplars that her uncle Charles Keiller and his family had lived in several years earlier.

Working the property as an orchardist, Nancy helped care for her disabled sister and ailing mother.

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Rings, watches and brooches auction highlights

Diamond rings, Rolex watches and antique Victorian brooches will be among the highlights of Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30pm Friday May 2 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The Rolex watches – one a man’s gold and stainless steel version and the other a lady’s nine carat gold case example – join the Chinese ivory carvings on offer as popular auction items.

There is a collection of silver one and two ounce coins and consecutively numbered $1, $2 and $5 notes to whet collector appetites.

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Leonard Joel

Collectible toys for auction

A comprehensive collection of die cast and tin plate toys will be auctioned from noon Thursday May 1 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The collection includes highly collectible German Marklin trains and a rare Matchbox Leyland four-tonne van.

Other highlights include Gerry Gee and Geraldine Gee ventriloquist dolls.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Modern artists works to interest auction enthusiasts

Deutscher and Hackett will offer works by some of Australia’s best-known modern and contemporary artists at its fine art auction from 7pm Wednesday at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra.

Some of the more highly valued paintings include Grace Cossington Smith’s Yellow Drapes 1954 – once owned by fellow still life artist Adrian Feint.

Another is John Brack’s Pears 1957, a fascinating still life that illustrates his intellectual curiosity for the genre.

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EJ Ainger

Luxurious French style provincial furniture auction drawcard

Luxurious French style provincial lounge and dining room furniture will be among E.J. Ainger’s auction attractions from 9.30am Tuesday April 29 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction contains antique French, English and Australian furniture from throughout Melbourne including homes in Eden Park and Toorak.

Auction goers should also be keen on the gilded mirrors, genuine Persian and Turkish rugs, paintings and coloured prints – along with a good range of porcelain, silver, crystal and coloured glassware.


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Glenelg Auctions

Historic Bendigo pub owner items to attract auction goers

The estate of Karen Esposito, whose grandfather David Sterry in 1857 established the iconic Gold Mines Hotel in Bendigo, will be among 1900 lots to be auctioned from 11am Saturday April 19 and Sunday April 20 by Glenelg Auctions at 37 East Street, Daylesford.

Born in 1832 in Suffolk, England, David Sterry became a sailor and his adventurous spirit led him to seek gold in Australia.

In 1853, he arrived in Bendigo and three years later formed Luftsmann, Sterry and Company to begin quartz reefing on the rich Victoria Reef.

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Sothebys Australia

Lost colonial medal an auction find

A silver medal presented in 1806 by the third Governor of New South Wales, Philip Gidley King, to Te Pahi, the first influential Maori leader to visit the fledgling colony, has recently been rediscovered after being lost for about 200 years.

It is one of Australia’s and new Zealand’s earliest and most significant colonial artefacts and will be a highlight of Sotheby’s Australia forthcoming Fine Asia, Australian & European Arts & Design auction from 6pm on Tuesday April 15 at the Intercontinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

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