May 2014


Vintage scales, cameras, sewing machines to bring out collectors

Young’s Auctions latest sale on Friday May 23 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn features a set of 100-year-old vintage scales from Argentina owned by a well-travelled vendor.

There are several vintage cameras including a Roliflex, Zeiss Ikon and a Canon with multiple lenses, still in its original carry case.

There also is a washbowl by stoneware maker Mason’s, particularly popular last century, and the last of the vintage sewing machines and typewriters from the estate of European speedway motorcycle champion Romanian Emeric Somlo who migrated to Australia in 1965.

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Ben Hollioake collection for cricketing enthusiasts

Ben Hollioake was well known for his lightning fast bowling and talent with the bat – even when he was only nine years old.

Little wonder that English captain Mike Atherton decided in 1997 to send Hollioake in as a pinch-hitter at No. 3 for his first one-day international match against the might of a top-class Australian attack that included fast bowler Glenn McGrath and legendary leg spinner Shane Warne.

Third ball he drove Glenn McGrath back down the ground for four, and then took 13 from his next over.

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EJ Ainger

Retro and period furniture and collectables in weekly auction

E.J. Ainger’s weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday May 20 offers auction goers a comprehensive range of retro and period furniture and a large selection of collectables.


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Leonard Joel

Single owner contemporary art collection sparks auction interest

Several well-known Australian artists are among a single owner collection of contemporary art being auctioned from 6.30pm Monday May 19 at Leonard Joel 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Of particular interest is an oil painting (the only one of hers in the sale) by 2008 and 2013 Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton – while the catalogue front cover Approach to Minal Minali by Shaun Gladwell belongs to a series he showed in 2009 in Vencie while representing Australia, along with another of his sale paintings Approach to Road Kill.

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Fine Arts Auctions

Racehorses the great love of the shoe man

Horses have long been one of Greg Mance’s great loves and, as part of the Windsor Smith shoe empire, he was able to indulge his passion through Carngham Station – a 2400-hectare horse training stud outside Ballarat.

Greg’s father Clarrie established Windsor Smith in 1946, the year his son was born. His father also loved to train trotters, which is probably how Greg inherited his love of racehorses.

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Leonard Joel

Australiana auction to bring enthusiastic crowds

Leonard Joel’s Australiana auction from 1.30pm on Thursday May 15 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra will have live bidding – both through the Leonard Joel and Invaluable websites – and feature many unusual items bound to intrigue auction goers.

Typical of the offerings is a Macintyre sterling mounted inkwell with a porcelain plaque inset for the 9th Australian Light Horse regiment.

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Famous curator auctions art collection

One of Australia’s most respected fine art consultants and curators John Buckley is selling much of his impressive collection of modern and contemporary Australian art by some of the country’s leading artists.

The auction from 6.30pm on Tuesday at Mossgreen 926-930 High Street, Armadale is a great opportunity for art lovers to pick up quality works collected over many years by a professional art curator, according to Mossgreen managing director Paul Sumner.

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EJ Ainger

Drums and dogs make a helluva an auction noise

An unusual pair of Oriental drums and a pair of bronze dogs will be among strong attractions for auction goers at E.J. Ainger’s latest sale from 9.30am on Tuesday.

The auction contains expensive reproduction dining and lounge furniture, along with a fine Edwardian Sheraton mahogany four-door bookcase, burr walnut credenza and cabinet.

There also is Australian and English antique furniture and a good selection of estate jewellery.

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Sothebys Australia

Rare Tom Roberts painting to go under hammer

One of the finest portraits by the prominent and influential Australian artist Tom Roberts (1856-1931) remaining in private ownership will be among paintings auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia as part of its Important Australian Art sale at the Intercontinental Sydney from 6.30pm on Tuesday May 13.

Most renowned for his pioneering subjects such as Shearing the Rams (1890, National Gallery of Victoria) and A Break Away! (Art Gallery of South Australia), Roberts is regarded as one of Australia’s finest portrait painters.

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Bushfire gives rise to Fred Williams masterpiece

One of the biggest Fred Williams paintings to come onto the secondary market will be auctioned by Bonhams as part of its Important Australian Art sale from 6.30pm Monday May 12 at Byron Kennedy Hall, Moore Park in Sydney.

Painted in 1968, the massive 1.8-metre by three-metre work, entitled Ferns Diptych (in two parts Ferns I and Ferns II) reflects a tumultuous event in Williams’ life.

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