Christian McCann Auctions

Amateur boxer the king of antique collecting and his lovely queen

In his youth, Don Viney was a keen amateur boxer – a sport he loved his entire life.

So much so that in later life in order to keep fit, Don once more donned the gloves to fight as a veteran for the Eltham Shadow Boxing Club. 

In 2010, he even won the World Veteran Championship in the United States and brought the championship belt back to display in the Eltham clubrooms.

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Philips Auctions

Historic items go under Philips Auctions hammer

A military breastplate of the type used during the English Civil War in the mid-17th century is one of the more unusual items to go under the hammer from noon tomorrow at Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

Belonging to a former armour collector who claims the breastplate dates from about 1790 (the latest period this type of armour was used in battle), nevertheless, according to United Kingdom photographic records, it looks just like breastplates used until about 1650.

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Leonard Joel

Leonard Joel toy auctions broaden services

Over the past two years, Leonard Joel has been busy developing monthly toy auctions as an important part of its broad portfolio of services to the antique, art and collectibles community.

Under the watchful of specialist Giles Moon, these monthly sales have become increasingly popular – particularly among online bidders who often outnumber those in the rooms at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

“These are high calibre collections and they attract many international collectors who can now bid live online from anywhere in the world,” he said.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

A vintage collection to die for

For David Bailie and his wife Ellen the landmark property Kaweka on 1.6 hectares at 184 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine was the perfect setting for his veteran, vintage and classic collection of Rolls Royces and Bentleys.

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Leonard Joel

A new auction chapter in presentation and approach

Leonard Joel has launched a new chapter in presentation and approach to Australian auctions with a MODERN + TRADITIONAL (old and new) auction concept that sees the auction house teaming up with well-known Australian artist David Bromley as curator of the sale.

The new style auction, from 11am tomorrow at 12 Smith Road Collingwood, presents selected pieces in context as part of a room, space or interior rather than as individual items on the auction floor.

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EJ Ainger

Roger Bond The Marathon Man

The movie The Marathon Man could well have starred the late Roger Bond for he loved to run marathons. Even when he suffered a heart attack not long after he completed one in his late 60s and had to undergo open-heart surgery, he couldn’t wait to get back to competition.

Earlier this year at age 70, Roger Bond’s big heart finally gave up and he died of a heart attack at home sitting in his favourite chair.

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Leski Auctions

Football memorabilia auctioned at right time of the season

The lure of increasingly difficult to win premierships has resulted in AFL teams becoming ever more competitive and, as this season passes the halfway mark, 2013 is proving no different with the top sides knuckling down for a tight race to the finish.

At this time of the year knowing the interest it generates, Leski Auctions at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East invariably has some football memorabilia up for grabs.

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Woodlands Auctions

Last pieces in pottery collection go to auction

A well-known collector originally from Canberra, whose mother was instrumental in getting him started at age 16, is disposing of the last vestiges of his vast collection from 10.30am tomorrow at Woodlands Auctions 16 Grubb Street, Ocean Grove.

The collector (who declined to be named) built up his massive hoard over more than 40 years and has spent the past four steadily selling it off through various auction houses throughout Australia, simply because the collection became too big to lug around.

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Philips Auctions

Paintings by former NGV director an auction highlight

Paintings by the man responsible for building the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in St Kilda Road will be a major highlight of Philips Auctions decorative arts and furniture sale from noon on Sunday, June 16.

Eric Westbrook was appointed NGV director in 1954 and, at the time, the gallery was housed in a decrepit Victorian-era building – later redeveloped as the State Library of Victoria.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Telephones spread the word

The old and unusual telephones are on display throughout Amanda Addams Auctions rooms at 344 High Street, Kew in readiness for Monday night’s auction, which begins at 6.30pm, and an immediate drawcard to all who enter.

They are testimony to the persevering skills of the late Fred Turner, who spent about 25 years building an eclectic collection of anything remotely scientific, mechanical or instrumental in nature including scales, projectors, microscopes, magic lanterns and telephones.

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