October 2015


Phar Lap auctioneer catalogue unearthed

With racegoers flocking to Flemington for the 2015 Spring Racing Carnival, Mossgreen is opportunistically holding a racing memorabilia auction devoted to Australia’s most famous racehorse – Phar Lap – from 6.30pm on Melbourne Cup eve at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Highlight of the sale is the recently unearthed original auctioneer’s copy (dated January 24, 1928) of the Yearling Sale Catalogue in New Zealand for the champion.

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Unique Australian stamp collection goes to auction

Arthur Gray was a giant of a man with a personality to match. A highly successful corporate lawyer with BHP who later joined merchant banker Kleinwort Benson before acquiring Russells health foods from Blackmores, Gray had enormously deep pockets – which enabled him to pursue his favourite philatelic pastime without worrying about anyone ever getting the better of him.

The result was the establishment of the most extensive, valuable and important collection of Australian stamps ever formed.

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Gold and diamond rings to appeal to jewellery hunters

Got a few thousand to spend on jewellery? Then head to Young’s Auctions this Friday October 30 when, from 9.30am, several gold and diamond rings in the $3000-$6000 price range will be up for grabs.

Perhaps the pick of is lot 99 – a striking one-carat central diamond. Another is a three-diamond ring bound to excite auction goers.

There are several quality antique furniture pieces from a Nyora couple who have recently moved to a retirement village.

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Philips Auctions

Art deco auction diamonds could become a girl's best friend

An art deco diamond bracelet (lot 86), earrings (lot 138) and brooch (lot 98) in platinum are some of the more intriguing items at Philips Auctions forthcoming jewellery sale from 6pm Monday October 26 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The intricate work needed to create all three items is reflected in the catalogue estimates – the bracelet listed at $12,500-$15,000, while the brooch and earrings are respectively $1300-$1800 and $5000-$7000.

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Leonard Joel

Mixed vendor auction offering one of the largest for Joels

One of the largest mixed vendor offerings in Leonard Joel history is the hallmark of the company’s latest Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects auction from 11am Sunday October 25 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

One of the leading catalogue items is a large and rare Chinese parcel-gilt silver box and cover (lot 8) from the Tang Dynasty (618-906AD) – a highlight of the Asian art section.

Another significant Asian art piece is the circa 1680 Japanese Arita blue and white porcelain V.O.C. plate (lot 72).

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Christian McCann Auctions

Auction in magnificent country estate setting

A magnificent garden on just over one hectare in Sassafras is the setting for Christian McCann’s latest fine and decorative arts auction from noon Sunday October 25.

This country estate and garden – Wynchelm at 10 The Crescent – has been intricately planned and developed over the past 50 years by the Fletcher family – and is now recognised as one of the finest homes and gardens ever created in the Dandenong Ranges.

The centrepiece attraction is a three-tiered lake complete with Parisian walking bridge traversing it.

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Leonard Joel

John Gould's Birds of Australia flock to auction

A single owner collection of John Gould’s Birds of Australia lithographs will be auctioned from 11am Sunday October 25 by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The 66-strong corporate collection, assembled by the company’s chief executive officer and no longer part of its forward planning, should be highly sought after by Gould collectors.

Ten of the lithographs are rare and highly collectible and estimates range from $500 to $15,000 for individual items.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Vintage clothing store contents an auction curiosity

The contents of a well-known and respected vintage clothing store will go under the hammer when auctioneer Steve Graham climbs the rostrum at 10am Sunday October 25 at 64 Urquhart Street, Woodend.

The store is Circa Vintage Clothing, which has been operating in Melbourne's CBD for several years. The owner plans to ocontinue operating the business online. 

The ladies vintage and antique fashion dating from the 1800s to modern times includes day dresses from the 1920s, 1930s wedding and tea gowns, 1940s dinner dresses, 1950s beaded ball gowns and 1960s shifts.

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Summer months bring out the best in interior design auctions

Mossgreen will hold its sixth Interior Decorator auction from 2pm Sunday October 25 in a sale that showcases a curated selection of indoor and outdoor items for homeowners designed for the summer months.

Internationally famous designer Allegra Hicks wrote the catalogue introduction in which she alluded to the 18th and 19th century French furniture, mid-20th century Murano glass and retro Italian armchairs within the auction mix.

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Decorative brass clocks to whet auction appetites

Several unusual decorative brass clocks will be among the highlights for Young’s Auctions latest weekly sale from 9.30am Friday October 23 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

A late 19th century stereoscope is another feature complete with a special conveyor belt to rotate the glass slides.

There is a selection of sterling silver from two estates including 1930s Australiana napkin rings and Chinese belt buckles.

Other attractions include a selection of china and crystal items and a range of collectable paintings.

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