August 2017


A muscle car auction to get the motor running

The late Clem Smith owned and promoted South Australia’s historic Mallala Motorsport Park 55 kilometres north of Adelaide from 1977 until his death in February this year.

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Sothebys Australia

First time works to spark intense auction interest

Charles Blackman’s The Pink 1953 – acquired directly from the artist’s solo exhibition of that year and held in a private collection ever since – will be auctioned for the first time in Sotheby’s Australia’s forthcoming Important Australian Art sale from 6.30pm Wednesday August 16 at Intercontinental Sydney, 117 Macquarie Street, Sydney.

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Triple Brownlow medals attract auction votes

The three Brownlow Medals (awarded each year to the best and fairest Australian Rules Football player) won by Essendon legend Dick Reynolds will be part of Mossgreen’s forthcoming Sporting Memorabilia auction from 10am Tuesday August 15 at 935 High Street, Armadale.

One of the best rovers the game has seen, Reynolds played 320 games (a Victorian Football League record that stood until 1974) for Essendon between 1933 and 1951.

He won the Brownlow Medal – the highest acknowledgement to which an Australian Rules player can aspire – in 1934, 1937 and 1938.

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EJ Ainger

Georgian secretaire bookcases among auction furniture highlights

Three Georgian flame mahogany secretaire bookcases are highlights of a comprehensive range of English, French country and Australia cedar, silky oak and blackwood furniture from homes throughout Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula at E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30am at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction features twin pedestal and other desks, a fine selection of contemporary gilded and French design mirrors and a pair of light brown leather Chesterfield settees.

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Menzies Art Brands

Top art works to boost auction coffers

Menzies chief executive officer Justin Turner is confident the company’s forthcoming auction could realise almost $10 million (including buyers’ premiums) when 154 art lots go under the hammer from 6.30pm Thursday August 10 at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

There are plenty of strong works by top line Australian artists to back up his claim, starting with the catalogue cover piece – Frederick McCubbin’s Pastoral 1904 – purchased in 1971 by the current owners’ family at auction in Melbourne and expected to sell for $500,000-$700,000. 

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Leonard Joel

"Designing man" genius to be seen at auction

Keith Clarke is fondly remembered as the wardrobe supervisor for Channel 2 – for which he earned his nickname the “designing man”.

A man of great style and talent, in addition to his agility with needle and thread Keith was a costume designer for the Australian Opera, Australian Ballet and the ABC.

His most well known design was for Dame Joan Sutherland’s 1976 performance in Idomeneo for which he still had the original costume sketches when he died.

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EJ Ainger

Royal Worcester porcelain among desirable auction collectables

A collection of rare and highly collectable hand painted Royal Worcester porcelain pieces by the company’s most prestigious artists will be the highlight of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming special two-day auction from 11am Saturday August 5 and Sunday August 6 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The collection comes from a prestigious Kew apartment, which also boasts a selection of decorative Australian paintings including works by J.A. Turner and Jan Scheltema among many other fine Australian and overseas artists.

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