September 2014


Coin auction a chance for modest punters

Mossgreen’s forthcoming Coins & Banknotes, Stamps & Postal History auction is a great opportunity for modest punters to dabble in the gold market without burning their fingers, according to Mossgreen director Charles Leski.

“The price of gold has dropped in recent times from $1850 an ounce to about $1200,” he said. “Normally, with the current unstable world situation, investors would initiate a run on gold – which hasn’t happened this time.”

As a result, the price of anything containing gold is down as much as 35-40 per cent compared with 10 years ago.

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Antique rifles and pistols auction a collector's dream

A collection of antique rifles, pistols and flare guns are among the highlights of Young’s Auctions weekly sale from 9.30am Friday September 26 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The collection includes an 18th century flintlock shotgun and 19th century percussion shotguns and rifles.

One of the rifles, an over/under percussion cap example is by well-known maker of the time Josh Golcher. Another is an antique Kentucky rifle with an octagonal barrel.

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Leonard Joel

100 years of photographic history to go under hammer

More than 100 years of photographic history will be highlighted in Leonard Joel’s cameras and photography auction from noon Thursday September 25 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The oldest items on offer are 19th century hand painted magic lantern slides, then they proceed through the stereoscope era to what purists describe as the best 35mm camera ever made – the Leica M3.

According to objects, books and collectibles manager Sasa Mitic cameras are beginning to see a similar resurgence in popularity – similar to that currently being enjoyed by vinyl records.

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Leonard Joel

Militaria from American Civil War part of military auction

Sixty lots of militaria from the 1850s to the 1940s – including items from the American Civil War, Boer War, World War I and World War II – will be auctioned by Leonard Joel from noon Thursday September 25 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Auction highlights include a Webley & Scott flare pistol and Turkish belt buckly believed to have been souvenired by Lieutenant Colonel Robert Rankine of the 14th Battalion AIF during World War I.

Leonard Joel sold his Gallipoli DSO, medal group and diary in May last year for $36,000 including buyers’ premium.

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Menzies Art Brands

Eugene von Guerard major work an auction showcase

Menzies forthcoming Sydney auction will showcase a major Eugene von Guerard work entitled View of Hobart Town with Mount Wellington in the Background and painted in 1856.

This is 52 years after Hobart was founded and the painting, currently residing in a private Sydney collection, is a precisely detailed panoramic view of Tasmania’s State capital.

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EJ Ainger

Porcelain range for auction goers

Estate, retro and English antique furnishings are among E.J. Ainger’s next weekly sale items from 9.30am Tuesday September 23 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction contains a strong selection of collectibles, along with Persian rugs and other items of interest from Toorak, South Yarra, Hawthorn, Kew and Hidden Valley homes.

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Glenelg Auctions

Auction items from Warrnambool's almost centenarian icon

The late Keith Swinton – who died in April this year – fell short of his 100th birthday by three weeks.

A Warrnambool icon born just before the start of World War I, Keith was part of a family dynasty that lays claim to having Victoria’s (and perhaps Australia’s) oldest continuing retail business name – George Swinton and Sons.

The business was established in 1865 by his Scottish grandparents William and Ann Swinton and carried on by his father George and mother Florence.

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Microscopes and meters bear close auction examination

A collection of microscopes, micrometers, barometers, Vernier callipers, volt and amp meters, and wind up movie cameras will be a major feature of Young’s Auctions latest sale from 9.30am Friday September 19 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The auction contains English china including Masons, Royal Doulton and Villeroy and Boch – along with paintings, clocks and jewellery.

Intriguing is a collection of 1950s risqué magazines for the period.

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Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel adapts to changing auction art trends

In Leonard Joel’s 95th year as an auction house, head of art Sophie Ullen reflects in the latest catalogue on how the business has adapted to changing Australian and European art trends while retaining its eclectic appetite for all fine art periods as the company gets ready for its fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday September 16 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

“It seems to me that in 2014 a street art auction, a contemporary art sale or even the estate of Pro Hart sits as comfortably at Leonard Joel as the traditional fine art categories,” she said.

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Philips Auctions

Antique auction jewellery a gift from tobacco mogul

An Ethiopian tobacco mogul from the early 1900s gave his goddaughter a pair of 1840s Georgian matching diamond earrings, pendant and ring as a wedding present in 1915 (lots 65, 174, 175).

The bride (the current vendor’s grandmother) kept the set all her life and now it has ended up as a major highlight in Philips Auctions latest jewellery sale from 6pm Monday September 15 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

At the time, the tobacco mogul possessed the sole rights to export his product internationally and was enormously wealthy.

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