February 2024

Christian McCann Auctions

Exquisite antique pieces grace Australian auction

Bidders will have to wait until the end of Melbourne-based Christian McCann Auctions Sunday March 3 sale to contend for an important 19th century Italian carved giltwood centre table (lot 400), distinctive for carved gold entwined sea serpents base support.

The table has a $40,000-$60,000 catalogue estimate and is the highlight of an exclusive auction featuring 19th century French and English antiques that will begin at 12pm at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

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Abacus Auctions

Famous World War I sea battle featured in Australian auction

It was indeed momentous. Australia claiming its first naval victory as HMAS Sydney destroyed the German raider SMS Emden not long after the start of World War I.

The date was November 9, 1914 and, over a two-month period, the German cruiser had wreaked havoc with Allied shipping – sinking or capturing 25 steamers, a Russian cruiser and French destroyer.

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