December 2017

Oldies Collectables

Bendigo antiques dealer auction treasures

Until last year, Bendigo’s Amanda’s Obsessions C.1994 was a popular haunt for the passionate collector looking for that unusual antique or collectable.

Porcelain collectors and those looking for rare Victorian or art nouveau jewellery were among those who found themselves drawn irresistibly to it doors.

Then after more than 20 years in the antiques trade, owner Amanda Tonkin decided to call it a day and has reluctantly closed the business.

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EJ Ainger

Opal mine company coughs up its auction treasures in time for Christmas

It could be the ideal Christmas gift for a special loved one – superb opal jewellery from the Melbourne Opal Mine that is part of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming weekly sale from 9.30 Tuesday December 19 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

An even more unusual gift idea is the collection of Aboriginal didgeridoos and Papua New Guinea Sepik River items.

Architectural pieces and industrial furnishings, including glazed French doors, are other attractions in the weekly auction, which also comprises the usual array of French, English and Australian furniture.

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Eureka flag fragment highlights Australian history auction

A fragment of Australia’s infamous Eureka flag will be auctioned as part of Mossgreen’s Australian History sale from 10am Monday December 11 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The flag flew at Eureka Stockade, also known as the Eureka Rebellion, which took place on December 3, 1854 at the Eureka Diggings in Ballarat, Victoria when disgruntled goldminers fed up at being ill-treated by authorities and forced to pay high mining licence fees decided to rebel.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Mornington Hotel furniture among auction highlights

A sideboard on display in the Mornington Hotel is one of the highlights of Christian McCann Auctions last sale for the year from noon Sunday December 10 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

It is part of an auction offering of 19th century English and French furniture that includes ormolu mounted boulle and marquetry inlaid occasional pieces along with vitrines and commodes.

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Unique memorabilia in collector car auction

In addition to the classic motorcars offered for sale at Mossgreen’s Collectors Cars auction from 2.30pm Sunday December 10 at 935 High Street, Armadale is a unique memorabilia collection involving three generations of the one motor racing family.

Passionate about car rallies, the late Bill Ferguson frequently participated in events in his 1924 Essex – and a life-long love affair with motor racing began when he first went to the now defunct Strathpine race circuit in Brisbane.

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Leonard Joel

Ashes urn a cricketing auction marvel

Two historic pieces of Ashes memorabilia will head Leonard Joel’s inaugural sporting memorabilia auction from 10am Thursday December 7 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

One is an engraved silver tray, presented to the Melbourne Cricket Club president Sir William Clarke and Lady Clarke following England’s defeat of Australia in the first Ashes Test series in 1882-83, and has a catalogue estimate of $80,000-$100,000.

The other is the Ashes urn presented in 1909 to Australian Test captain Monty Noble by Lady Darnley following Australia’s victory over England.

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Leonard Joel

International design auction offers Christmas gifts with a difference

Leonard Joel’s International Design & Applied Arts auction – from 6pm Wednesday December 6 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra – is a great opportunity to pick up that Christmas gift with a difference.

Right from lot 1, a Pablo Picasso ‘Colombo Brillante’ earthenware platter for Madoura 1953 from the late James Fairfax estate, there is plenty from which to choose.

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