March 2015

Sothebys Australia

Dame Nellie Melba personal collection to go under the hammer

Collectors will have the chance to obtain a piece of operatic history when the personal collection of iconic Australian operatic diva Dame Nellie Melba is auctioned from 6pm Tuesday March 31 by Sotheby’s Australia at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Collins Street.

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Philips Auctions

Auction to suit every jewellery buff's taste

Jewellery buffs will be able to select from a wide range of rings, necklaces, earrings, pendants and bracelets when Philips Auctions holds its forthcoming jewellery auction from 6pm Monday March 30 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Estimates for the jewellery on offer range from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands depending on the items involved.

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Philips Auctions

Claric Cliff mask hides auction treasures

The quaint Clarice Cliff mask, which features in Philips Auctions latest decorative arts sale, first came to public prominence in the Melbourne Herald of November 28, 1935.

The mask was mentioned in an article about Dr and Mrs Cecil Raphael’s new home high on the hill in Glenferrie Road, Glenferrie – and referred to because it was reflected in an immense circular mirror that hung on the wall above the living room fireplace. It had been sitting for about 30 years under a family member's bed before recently once again seeing the light of day.

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First collectors car auction for Mossgreen

Mossgreen will hold its first Collectors’ Cars & Automobilia auction as part of The Australian Motoring Festival – a joint initiative between the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce and the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria from Thursday March 26 to Sunday March 29 at Melbourne Showgrounds.

The auction, from 3pm on Sunday, will feature a range of iconic vehicles, including several E-Type Jaguars and the 1981 RALT RTH Cosworth Australian Grand Prix winning car – and Martin Burger’s incredible collection of Michelin memorabilia.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Collectables and art at Mount Macedon auction

A grandfather clock and Swiss music box from the 1800s are two of the highlights at auctioneer Steve Graham’s latest sale from 10am Sunday March 29 at 734 Mount Macedon Road, Mount Macedon.

The on site auction involves the complete disposal of a household contents and includes a wide selection of both antique and modern furniture, including a Chesterfield lounge suite.

There are several quality works by Australian artists including Brett Whiteley, J.H. Scheltema, Harold Septimus Power, Pro Hart, Neville Cayley Snr, Leonard Long and Wykham Perry.

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EJ Ainger

Extraordinary collection a family affair

Keen collectors of art and other collectables, Dr Peter Brew and his wife Monica lived at 1269 High Street, Malvern for almost six decades.

They bought the turn of the 20th century house in 1959 and in it raised seven children. To some degree, Peter Brew followed in the collecting footsteps of his prominent ophthalmologist grandfather, Dr George Alexander Brew, who, among other items, obtained several prominent pieces that once belonged to Lord Kitchener and notes from Captain Cook’s diary.

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Swarovski crystal, sterling silver and antique clocks attract auction goers

The last of a Swarovski crystal collection that Young’s Auctions has been auctioning in recent weeks will be part of its latest sale from 9.30am Friday March 27 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

According to director Ian Young, last week’s major special sale of the crystal was a sell-out and there are still about 30 quality pieces to go.

“We also have a collection of antique clocks that should interest collectors,” he said.

The auction contains sterling silver items including a monogrammed 1865 coffee pot and several cigarette cases.

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Menzies Art Brands

Eva Breuer among Australia's great dealers - collection goes to auction

Eva Breuer’s private collection of 76 paintings is among Menzies highlights for its auction from 6.30pm Thursday March 26 at Menzies Gallery 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington in Sydney.

One of Sydney’s leading art dealers until her death from cancer in 2010, the sale of her collection follows the closure of the Eva Breuer gallery, which her daughter Nicky McWilliam continued to run after her mother died, in May 2014.

Most art followers saw Eva Breuer as a luminary of the Australian art world who was respected for her enthusiasm, energy and high standard of practice.

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EJ Ainger

Baby grand piano and militaria to entice auction goers

A Hammond baby grand piano and a range of militaria will be the highlights of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday March 24 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The militaria items include swords, knives, rifles and medals.

The auction also includes the contents of a Were Street, Brighton property, along with a wide range of English antique and 20th century furniture.

There are various retro teak dining suites, sideboards, displays and occasional pieces and a good selection of collectables and art.

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Leonard Joel

French drawing of Bathurst sees auction daylight

An 1819 drawing of Bathurst by little known French midshipmen and naval draughtsman J. Alphonse Pellion (1796-1868) is one of the interesting drawcards at Leonard Joel’s fine art auction from 6.30pm Tuesday March 24 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Pellion was an officer aboard the Uraine that Louis-Claude de Freycinet commanded during a three-year scientific journey – from which the latter later authored the Atlas Historique.

On November 18, 1819 the corvette docked at Port Jackson and remained there for five weeks before sailing for France.

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