Leski Auctions

Australian Decor inventor collection up for auction

Creators are a special breed and the man who invented the Décor brand and brought world-class design, creativity and innovation to Australian homewares, the son of an English adventurer and grandson of a pearl fleet owner on his mother’s side, is no exception.  

This unusual mix produced Great Depression child Brian Middleton Davis who was born in May 1930 in Broome, Western Australia before the family moved to Melbourne where Brian enjoyed a happy childhood designing and building model boats and billycarts at their Brighton home. 

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Swan Deverell Auctioneers

A first edition Charles Dickens novel graces Australian auction

Auctioneer Hannah Clayton Atkin couldn’t believe her eyes when she spotted a first edition copy of famous 19th century English author Charles Dickens’ novel ‘Hard Times’ among a box of old items from a deceased estate. 

Part of the library collection of noted bibliophile Frederick Perkins (1780-1860) who lived at the now demolished Chipstead Place in Kent, the book was published in 1854 by Bradbury and Evans in London. 

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Fine Arts Auctions

History abounds at Victorian auction

A wealthy 19th century Scottish industrialist and Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill’s butler are forever inexorably linked through a recently sold heritage listed National Trust Mount Macedon home whose contents will be auctioned online from 11am Sunday May 22 by auctioneer Phil Caldwell. 

William McGregor migrated to Australia and built the Gothic-style Victorian home at 49-51 Devonshire Lane in 1874, naming it Ard Rudah (High Promontory) as a reminder of his Highland roots.   

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Christian McCann Auctions

A feast of quality furniture and collectables at Melbourne auction

Antique English furniture from Melbourne’s historic mansion Stonington, formerly owned by Menzies art auction house founder the late Rod Menzies, joins part two of the Pascoe collection of tea caddies, French antiques and Australian art at Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming sale from 12pm Sunday May 22 at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford. 

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Deutscher and Hackett

Online auction indicates strength of Australian art market

A timed online Melbourne art auction of contemporary, Aboriginal and modern paintings by Deutscher and Hackett is yet another indication of the continuing strong buyer demand for art on the Australian market. 

Finishing from 7pm on Tuesday May 17, the auction features works by several of Australia’s leading artists including John Kelly, Tim Storrier, Ray Crooke, Sidney Nolan, Michael Zavros, Patricia Piccinini, Leonard French, Robert Dickerson and Gloria Petyarre. 

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Leski Auctions

Engineering and collecting go hand in hand at Melbourne auction

Engineering and collecting appear to have been the two great loves of the late Lester Kingsley, who died in 2020 aged 95, and now his collection of stamps and postcards will be sold as part of Melbourne-based Leski Auctions forthcoming Stamps, Coins and Postal History sale from 12pm Tuesday May 10 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

Raised in a village in Sussex, England, Lester’s first collection as a boy was John Player cigarette cards featuring aircraft of the Royal Air Force.

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Philips Auctions

A veteran Australian journalist auctions his wife's collection

While his wife Eileen was busy indulging her passion for collecting porcelain, scent bottles, period furniture and other quality collectables, John Dunn was busy plying his trade as a journalist – something he is still doing today aged 91.

“I worked for the Melbourne Herald from 1952 to 1958, succeeding (editor) John Fitzgerald as the paper’s London correspondent,” he said.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Sydney auction a roll call of Australian artist royalty

Deutscher and Hackett’s forthcoming Important Australian and International Fine Art auction is like a roll call of Australian artist royalty.

Scheduled for 7pm Wednesday May 4 at 36 Gosbell Street in Sydney’s Paddington, the sale features 11 paintings with catalogue estimates of more than $100,000 – all featuring artists familiar to investors and collectors alike – and undoubtedly a reflection of the strength of the Australian art market during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Christian McCann Auctions

History all wrapped up in Melbourne auction

 For those auction goers who value history, a trip to Melbourne-based Christian McCann Auctions rooms at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford to view his forthcoming sale from 12pm on Sunday May 1 is a must.

On display is the rarest English 18th and 19th century furniture from Queen Anne burr walnut to English Regency rosewood in an auction that offers valuable items at every turn.

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Abacus Auctions

Historic postal collection to get auction goers buzzing

Possibly the largest private collection of illustrated letter sheets and newspapers from the 1840s to the 1860s – the property of prominent Oregon collector and dealer Dale Forster – will be auctioned in Melbourne from 11am on Wednesday April 27 as part of a four-day massive sale.

Abacus Auctions is holding the auction of Australian and worldwide stamps, postal history, postcards, coins, banknotes, sporting memorabilia and collectables at 29 Hardner Road, Mount Waverley.

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