Deutscher and Hackett

A history changing Australian art collection goes to auction

It often takes far-sighted visionaries to change the course of history – never more true than for the Australian art industry.

In the late 1980s, legendary Melbourne-based artworld figures Dr Joseph Brown (1918-2009) and Professor Bernard Smith (1916-2011) sensed that important Australian artworks were significantly undervalued and surreptitiously being snapped up by overseas buyers instead of remaining in the country.

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Gibsons Auctions

Quality Royal Worcester a highlight of Australian winter auction

Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions is hoping to entice as many buyers as possible with its live Winter Auction Series sale from 11am on Sunday July 17 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale followed from 10am the following day by a timed online part two of the exercise.

The live auction is a feast for auction goers with the late June Harris collection of quality Royal Worcester by famous artists from the opening lot up for grabs.

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Menzies Art Brands

Rare religious painting centrepiece of Australian art auction

In a somewhat unusual move for the Australian art auction scene, a rare and significant religious painting by Justin O’Brien (1917-1996) entitled Madonna c1959 (lot 26) appears for the first time on the secondary market and is the centrepiece of Menzies forthcoming sale from 6.30pm Wednesday June 29 at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.

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Philips Auctions

Australia's largest ever gold jewellery collection to go under the hammer

Following a protracted legal battle among family members, Australia’s biggest ever gold, silver and jewellery auction – featuring more than 10,000 items that belonged to gold merchant the late Peter Davis– will be held online each day from 10am Monday June 27 to Thursday June 30 through Melbourne-based Philips Auctions at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

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Leski Auctions

Pottery a big part of historical Australian auction

Pottery lovers will be delighted to see the late John Stephens collection hit the auction market when Melbourne-based Leski Auctions holds its two-day Australian & Historical sale from 10am Saturday June 25, continuing from 10am Sunday June 26, at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

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Gibsons Auctions

Significant Australian artist works in affordable art auction

Melbourne-based Gibson’s Auctions is giving art lovers and those looking to enter the market for the first time the opportunity to pick up works by significant Australian artists at its timed Winter Art Online auction to be held from 10am Monday June 20 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The paintings and editions, all with estimates in the several hundreds of dollars range, feature such luminaries as Sidney Nolan (1917-1992), Clarice Beckett (1887-1935), Anne Hall, Pro Hart (1928-2006) and Louis Kahan (1905-2002).

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Christian McCann Auctions

English porcelain, silver and clock collection to tempt Melbourne auction buyers

A fine collection of English 18th century porcelain, sterling silver, clocks and telescopes assembled over the past 45 years by Melbourne collector Paul Mitchell will hit the auction market from 12pm Sunday June 19 through Christian McCann Auctions at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

The impending sale follows Paul’s decision to follow his book binding passion and head to England to further pursue it.

Complementing the Mitchell collection is a selection of English Regency and George III furniture and fine Australian and English art.

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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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Christian McCann Auctions

Gorgeous Melbourne mansion the venue for auction delights

Auctioneer Christian McCann has a fantastic venue for his next auction – the beautifully restored mansion at 15 Grandview Grove, Prahran which was once a boarding house.

The auction, from 12pm Sunday June 5, features fine French and English antique furniture and collectables, traditional Australian and European art and garden statuary.

McCann has known the family for 15 years during which time he has helped them build a collection to complement the grandeur of each historic room.

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Gibsons Auctions

A music road trip gives rise to important Aboriginal art auction items

If acclaimed songwriter Archie Roach and his partner Ruby Hunter had never decided on a pioneering tour of indigenous communities on Australia’s Cape York peninsula, Julie Hickson might not have collected historically important, seminal art works from the Lockhart River Art Gang.

As luck would have it, in 1997 the two set out to visit these communities accompanied by a band and camera crew, with Julie as their manager in charge of arrangements.

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