November 2018

Gibsons Auctions

Historical works to the fore at Melbourne auction

Australian pastoralist Thomas Chirnside (1815-1887) will forever be remembered for building the sandstone Italianate Werribee Park Mansion, now a major tourist landmark in Melbourne’s western suburbs.

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Leski Auctions

Impatient buyers can't wait for Australian history auction

Auction goers who like to delve into Australian history will no doubt be impatiently waiting for the chance to bid at Leski Auctions forthcoming Australian & Colonial auction from noon Sunday December 2 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

Australia’s past will be in sharp focus at the sale with further selections from long-time collector Rodney Pemberton’s collection of Australian colonial furniture to whet buyer appetites.

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EJ Ainger

Giant marble lions "roar" into auction

A giant pair of marble lions is the striking feature of E.J. Ainger’s forthcoming “architectural and art deco almost single vendor” auction, according to managing director John Ainger.

“The lions were part of a Templestowe mansion belonging to a well-known Melbourne business identity that he tore down 10 years ago and have been stored ever since in a Bentleigh warehouse,” he said.

The lions (each of which weighs about two tonnes) are not the only massive architectural feature at the auction, which will be held from 11am Sunday December 2 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

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Philips Auctions

Early car mascots rev up Melbourne auction

In the early days of automobiles, manufacturers would often proudly mount mascots on the radiator caps to better identify the make of the vehicle.

Many became elaborate works of art and a collectable prize for those who could afford them.

They only really went out of favour in the 1970s when authorities realised the extra damage they could cause pedestrians in the event one was hit by the vehicle.

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Leonard Joel

A lifetime of collecting leads to a special auction

When the late Neil Robertson was 12 years old he purchased his first antique – a decision that was to start him on a lifetime of collecting, particularly curios.

After completing high school, he worked in Australia and England as a bookseller before becoming the proprietor of Melbourne’s iconic Webber’s Booksellers, opened in 1931 by Margareta Webber.

His other interest was gardening – and to that end in 1988 he became involved in Australia’s Open Garden Scheme and served as its national executive officer for almost 20 years.

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Deutscher and Hackett

French voyage art finds strong auction following in Australia

In hindsight, it was probably a stroke of luck that two young French artists were the only ones left of the five who in 1800 left France with French explorer Nicolas Baudin on a “Voyage de decouvertes aux terres australes” (Voyage of discovery to Terra Australis).

Three of the artists jumped ship when the two vessels, Geographe and Naturaliste, reached Mauritius as Baudin faced a wholesale exodus of scientists and sailors – eventually rejigging his crews before sailing for what is now Cape Leeuwin on the Western Australian coast. 

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Leonard Joel

Art auction a "breath of fresh air" for first time buyers

With major Australian art auction houses currently enticing both Australian and overseas art lovers to invest in expensive and significant works, Leonard Joel’s forthcoming Fine Art sale is a breath of fresh air for those auction goers looking to enter the market for the first time or simply searching for more modest purchases.

The auction will be held from 6.30pm Tuesday November 27 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

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Leonard Joel

Auctions can bring out the best in sentimental memories

 Leonard Joel’s national jewellery head John D’Agata recently took a sentimental trip down memory lane when he saw a Tiffany & Co ruby and diamond double clip pin earmarked for sale (lot 85) in the company’s forthcoming Fine Jewels auction from 6.30pm Monday November 26 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The piece reminded him a similar item – a retro Tiffany & Co ruby and aquamarine brooch that sold in November 2007 – D’Agata’s first auction after joining the staff of Leonard Joel.

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Kim's Auctions

Magnificent porcelain sets auction tone

A matching pair of Sevres porcelain cabinet vases with beautiful seascape panels signed by L. Grisee sets the tone for Kim’s Auctions forthcoming sale from 11am Sunday November 25 at 53 Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell.

This superb Victorian home set in a leafy garden has already been auctioned and, according to auctioneer Kim Haolin, the entire contents must be sold on the day.

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Abacus Auctions

Peter Thomson golf clubs swing into auction

When Australian golfer Peter Thomson bought a set of Dunlop Maxfli clubs in 1957, he had already won the British Open Championship the previous three years running – and went on to win two more afterwards in 1958 and 1965.

In a note accompanying the clubs and golf bag – which will be one of the most interesting lots (if not the most expensive) at Abacus Auctions forthcoming Coins, Banknotes & Sporting Memorabilia sale from noon Sunday November 25 at 19A Hampshire Road, Glen Waverley – he says “They were the best one could acquire at the time!”

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