Gibsons Auctions

Melbourne auction reveals passionate collection of self-made businessman

Perhaps it was his humble and uncertain childhood that made the late Harry Oviss such a successful businessman.

In any event, his property and development ventures enabled him to indulge a passion for the arts and build a comprehensive collection of paintings, ceramics, designer furniture and jewellery that is now being auctioned online by Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions over three days from 11am Sunday October 3.

The sale will continue from 11am Monday October 4 and close from 10am Tuesday November 5.

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Menzies Art Brands

Andy Warhol to the fore in Australian print auction

With a catalogue estimate of $800,000-$1 million, Andy Warhol’s Queen Elizabeth II 1985 (lot 15) is the centrepiece of Menzies inaugural Prints & Multiples timed online auction due to finish at 8pm on Thursday September 23.

The work is a complete set of four colour screenprints from Warhol’s Reigning Queen series. The vibrantly coloured portraits explore the convergence of royalty and celebrity – presenting the Queen as an icon of our time – and are set to establish a record price for Warhol prints at an Australian auction.

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Leski Auctions

Australian football and racing highlighted in auction works

Leading Australian artist and graphic designer the late Joe Greenberg provides an unavoidable reminder of the impending 2021 Australian Football League and National Rugby League Grand Finals and Melbourne’s forthcoming Spring Racing Carnival through his football posters and artwork as auction goers to Leski Auctions Sporting Memorabilia gather for its online auction from 10am Monday September 20.

Auctioneer Charles Leski will address an empty room as buyers log in online or via absentee or telephone bidding for the 856 items on offer.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Australian clock collection an auction mecca

Christian McCann’s forthcoming online auction of the late John and Rose Barnham’s collection is a mecca for clock collectors.

Known affectionately throughout Melbourne’s auction rooms as JBX, John Barnham was an avid clock and watch collector and over many years had assembled a comprehensive international collection of timepieces.

Of the 708 lots on offer at Christian McCann Auctions sale from 12pm Sunday September 12 at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford, 20 per cent (or 139) are clocks or watches.

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Leski Auctions

Auction items reflect the beauty of their Australian home

Items coming to auction from the Foster Collection at the magnificent 1930s Mount Eliza mansion Dendron House are a true reflection of its beauty.

The home has been in the Foster family for six decades and each of the items being offered by Leski Auctions from 2pm Sunday September 5 is, in the words of the auction house, “new to the auction market”.

Each lot has been in the family for years with many arriving with Dr Bryan Foster and his family in the 1930s when they arrived from England.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Incredible jade pieces hit Australian auction scene

Some of the best jade pieces seen in Australia are among an immense collection of Oriental treasures to be auctioned from 12pm Sunday September 5 by Christian McCann Auctions at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

This is a change in auction date necessitated by the latest Victorian COVID-19 lockdown scheduled to end midnight Thursday September 2.

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Fine Arts Auctions

An Australian transport magnate remembered at auction

Items from the prestigious Achilles III motor super yacht, owned by former transport magnate the late Doug Kefford, will be an important part of three major deceased estates to be auctioned online from 11am Sunday August 29 by auctioneer Phil Caldwell.

Because of current Victorian COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, all viewing is online and items can be purchased either by bidding online, over the phone or as absentee bids.

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Gibsons Auctions

An Australian socialite auction collection to remember

Ongoing Victorian COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have not prevented Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions from holding its Winter Auction Series which features the collection of leading Melbourne socialite the late Billie Tyrrell, whose former Naval lieutenant husband Harry founded National Can Industries.

Born in 1924 in Malvern, Billie spent most of her early life at Katanga, an elegant home designed by famous architect Harold Desbrowe-Annear for her prominent lawyer father Wesley Armstrong Ince.

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Leski Auctions

Stunnning silver epergne shines brightly at Melbourne auction

Around the time that Captain James Cook was exploring the east coast of Australia, London silversmith Emick Romer was making a sterling silver epergne centrepiece stunning in its beauty and now considered extremely rare.

The son of Norwegian goldsmith Michelson Romer, Emick was apprenticed in 1749 and is believed to have left Norway sometime after 1751.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Significant Australian Aboriginal gallery art heads to auction

A fifth Victorian COVID-19 pandemic lockdown in 16 months has not dented Melbourne’s Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art Gallery in Bourke Street enthusiasm for auctioning some of the best examples of Australian indigenous art in living memory.

Established in 1996 as a showcase for Aboriginal fine art from the Central Western Desert, Western Australia’s Kimberley region and the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land, the gallery has asked Christian McCann Auctions to auction the 266 works online from 12pm Sunday July 25.

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