June 2014

Glenelg Auctions

The Ashes birthplace gives up its treasures

After more than seven years, Margaret McLelland is retiring as the managing director and custodian of Rupertswood Mansion – birthplace of The Ashes – and handing it back to its owners The Salesian Order Victoria to run.

During this time, Rupertswood gained an enviable reputation as a boutique bed and breakfast and reception centre.

Many of the items currently in the old mansion at 3 Macedon Street, Sunbury will be auctioned from 11am Saturday July 5 and Sunday July 6 by Glenelg Auctions.

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EJ Ainger

Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula homes source of fine auction furniture

Items from homes throughout Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula including retro, antique Australian primitive, French and English furniture will feature at E.J. Ainger’s latest weekly sale from 9.30am on Tuesday July 1 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction also contains an excellent collection of ceramics, jewellery, silver and kerosene table lamps.


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Christian McCann Auctions

Collectors wooed by fellow collector's passion for collectibles

Willowbank, one of Lilydale’s original homesteads at 16 Crestway Street, will the site for Christian McCann’s latest auction from 11am Sunday June 29.

Owned by passionate collectors Malcolm and Heather McInnes (related to famous seven-time Archibald Prize winner William McInnes), the auction features a comprehensive collection of Victorian furniture, glassware, art and 18th and 19th century French porcelain.

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Waterford crystal one out of the box

A Waterford crystal vase that has never been taken out of the box are among the more interesting items to feature in Young’s Auctions weekly sale from 9.30am Friday June 27 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The crystal includes a vase (complete with its retail price o f$1195 still attached) and pairs of toasting flutes.

Most unusual is a moose antler in which a Canadian artist has carved grizzly bears and a whale vertebra carved to look like an Eskimo beating a drum.

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Leonard Joel

Collectors buzz over modern design furniture

Furniture and objects from the 1950s to the 1990s by several leading 20th century designers will be the highlight of Leonard Joel’s latest modern design auction from noon on Thursday at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Works by such names as Grant Featherston (1922-1995) and Marc Newson will undoubtedly whet the appetite of auction goers who will have a rare opportunity to add to their designer collections.

Leonard Joel has held modern design auctions since 2012 – sales they only conduct twice a year.

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Famous Kingsford Smith postcard depicts Sydney Harbour Bridge opening

A postcard depicting the Sydney Harbour Bridge under construction will be a major highlight of Mossgreen’s stamps, coins and postal history auction from 2.30pm Wednesday June 25 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

To commemorate the opening of the bridge on March 19, 1932, Australian pioneer aviator Sir Charles Kingsford Smith flew a party of senior engineers responsible for its construction over the bridge on the day.

Signed by the pilot and his 14 passengers, the card was carried in the “Southern Cross” plane and cancelled at the special Bridge Post Office.

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EJ Ainger

Iron furniture - but no pyramids - from Egypt

Egyptian iron furniture and quality collectables will be the highlight of E.J. Ainger’s latest weekly auction from 9.30am Tuesday at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction also contains a range porcelain, art, ceramics and sculpture.

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Church items a religious auction experience

Items from a local church including pews and chairs will be a highlight of Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday June 20 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The auction contains a range of contemporary dining furniture and modern and ornate imported lounge suites, along with antique Australian and English furniture.

Other items of interest include vintage mantle radios, porcelain, glassware, paintings and jewellery.


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Menzies Art Brands

Hoong Loh collection a Lawson Menzies auction highlight

The Hoong Loh collection will be part of Lawson Menzies Sydney quarterly fine art auction from 6.30pm Thursday June 19 at Menzies Gallery, 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.

Migrating from Malaysia in 1982 to study at Monash University, Hoong was initially drawn to paintings of the Max Meldrum and George Bell schools.  

Hoong secured employment in the public service and by the late 1980s set about acquiring abstract expressionist works by Judy Cassab and John Coburn.

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Leonard Joel

Beethoven bust auction drawcard

An impressive sculpture of famous German composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) by noted French sculptor Emile Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) will be a major highlight of Leonard Joel’s fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday June 17 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Bourdelle was well known for his works – making about 80 sculptures from 1888 until his death, with Beethoven’s figure featuring quite prominently.

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