April 2016


Intrepid adventurer's aviation museum an auction marvel

Intrepid adventurer John Fisher would have been right at home in earlier times when men and women took on almost insurmountable challenges and pushed the boundaries of human endeavour in a quest to explore unknown worlds.

Instead this entrepreneur, pilot, philanthropist and avid aviation collector undertook extreme exploits in a modern day environment to satisfy his desire for an adrenalin rush.

His aviation collection will be auctioned from noon Sunday April 30 at Maryborough Café Gallery, Maryborough Railway Station in Station Street, Maryborough Victoria.

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EJ Ainger

Sealed storeroom items add to auction mystique

The contents of an enormous storeroom sealed since 2003 has added an air of mystique to E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30am Tuesday May 3 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Luxurious lounge, dining and sitting room, and bedroom furniture are among the items along with gilded and decorative mirrors and rugs.

There also are Chesterfield settees, a superb Victorian exhibition display cabinet, bookcases, a cedar four-door sideboard, and large extension tables and chairs.

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Leonard Joel

Unique single collection to attract special art auction lovers

Richard Boland holds a unique place among single owner Australian art collectors whose works are now going to auction.

While many serious collectors work with advisers and dealers to obtain well-known quality pieces often to maximise investment potential, Boland’s main motivation for purchasing a work was its intrinsic visual appeal.

This might have reflected his work in the early years of television when pioneers were still learning about the importance of visual methods of communication.

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Mossgreen art auction features works from several eras

Mossgreen’s head of Australian art Frances Lindsay highlights the opening lot – John Brack’s Cold Figure 1960 – as an example of the quality of the sale in the lead up to the company’s two-day fine Australian and International Art auction from 6.30pm on Monday May 2 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

“The painting has all the characteristics that make Brack a wonderful artist including his ability to capture the essence of humanity,” she said.

In this work, he depicts a thin woman dressed in several layers of jumpers with a scarf snugly encircling her neck.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Clearing sale to appeal to rural auction goers

Droves of rural auction goers are expected to attend auctioneer Steve Graham’s clearing sale at “Wyandah” Glenn Drouitt Road, Mount Macedon from 10am Sunday May 1.

The sale has many highlights including a Kubota L3400 tractor (with Burder front end loader), Caroni mulcher mower and a 17.5-foot Reef Craft Double Hull boat on a tilting trailer.

Other items to attract buyers include a Billy Goat industrial and garden shelf propelled vacuum, Kawasaki Bayou quad bike, electric log splitter, Echo chainsaw and a Honda E2500 generator.

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EJ Ainger

Furniture and art to satisfy auction goers

A Cutler desk, Cuban mahogany extension dining table, French style chairs, and Dutch style bureau bookcase are among reproduction and contemporary furniture highlights at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly auction from 9.30am Tuesday April 19 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Many of the auction items are from several estates in Glen Iris, Armadale, Kew and Camberwell.

The auction contains several retro teak sideboards, dining room suites, a leather Moran settee and leather chairs alongside a range of Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s furniture.

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Kim's Auctions

Ancient Chinese figures, sterling silver and French sculptor to bring auction crowds

The owner has lived in the same house at 15 Edwin Street, Templestowe for more than 40 years and in that time built up an extensive collection of antique furniture, paintings and collectables.

He has now moved overseas and asked Kim’s Auctions to auction the contents of the home.

The auction, which will be held on site from 11am Sunday April 17, features Chinese terra cotta figures from the Tan Dynasty (618-906AD) including a lady and a horse.

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International decorative arts auction heralds new Mossgreen era

When Mossgreen’s head of international and decorative arts Jenny Gibson climbs the podium at 4pm Sunday April 17 to start the company’s first three-day International Decorative Arts auction, it will signal a new era in its auctioneering procedures – the inaugural evening-day sales.

These replace the former quarterly sales and will be held three times a year – April/May, July/August and November.

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Leonard Joel

Modern design auction focuses on innovation

Leonard Joel’s latest modern design auction focuses on the innovation and moving trends of the 1970s and 1980s – a time where innovating surrounding space and form were cleverly incorporated into furniture design.

More than 30 years later, these designs are highly sought after for personal living spaces by auction goers and collectors and Leonard Joel offers a comprehensive range of items in its forthcoming auction from 6.30pm Thursday April 14 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

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EJ Ainger

Estate furnishings a big auction attraction

Estate furnishings from Melbourne suburbs and country Victoria are the highlight of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming auction from 9.30am Tuesday April 12 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction includes the residual contents of a Harcourt Street, Hawthorn home, a Camberwell residence and a retired Brunswick antique dealer’s stock.

Other properties of note are a country cherry farm in Seville and a Shepparton home.

Featured is a good selection of antique Victorian, Australian, French, Edwardian and retro furniture – along with lounges and occasional items.

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