November 2023

Abacus Auctions

Postal history auction a tribute to Australia's penal origins

An impressive postal history collection up for auction in Melbourne inextricably links the former Australian penal colony of Norfolk Island and Pitcairn Island, home to survivors of the infamous 1789 mutiny on the British ship HMAV Bounty and their descendants.

Under the leadership of acting lieutenant Fletcher Christian, the mutineers had commandeered the ship from Captain William Bligh who, with several of his loyal crew, managed to sail the small boat they were set adrift in to Indonesia. Bligh later became an early Governor of New South Wales.

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Menzies Art Brands

ANZ art collection a bonus for Menzies 100th Australian auction

Menzies chairman and head of private sales Cameron Menzies is chuffed to be celebrating the company’s 25 years in the art auction industry and its 100th sale by auctioning 36 paintings belonging to the ANZ Bank collection – given that, as one of the big four Australian banks, it has always been such a staunch presence in its business aspirations.

“These paintings are representative of its Australia-wide and international collection which numbers several hundred works,” he said.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Australian commercial art pioneers among strong auction collection

Ian Fairweather (1891-1974) paintings – part of the art collection belonging to early Australian art scene pioneers Joe and Rose Skinner – will be auctioned by Deutscher and Hackett from 7pm Wednesday November 22 in their Sydney premises at 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington.

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Fine Arts Auctions

World class Worcester collection goes to auction

Perth-based wealthy analytical chemist Terry Wheeler and wife Tena have amassed a multi-million-dollar Royal Worcester collection unrivalled by any other in the world.

Last November, auctioneer Phil Caldwell sold 90 pieces from their collection in a highly publicised auction that saw a prized George Owen vase made for the 1893 Chicago Exhibition and valued at more than $200,000 among the valued treasures to change hands.

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Leski Auctions

Classic historical Australian auction to bring collectors running

History plays an important part in many of Melbourne-based Leski Auctions and the forthcoming two-day Australian & Historical sale from 10am Saturday November 18 followed by the last of Polish Jew Martin Sachs collection on Monday November 20 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale is a classic on two fronts.

One, it contains some of the finest Australian pottery ever to grace the auction scene (lots 1-291) and, secondly, it is a trinbute to the power of the human spirit in overcoming severe adversity.

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