Christian McCann Auctions

A tailor's tale about Squizzy Taylor

When notorious 1920s underworld identity Joseph “Squizzy” Taylor was fatally wounded in October 1927 by fellow gangster John “Snowy” Cutmore, he was apparently wearing a suit made by George Symons grandfather.

“My grandfather (also named George) had a tailor’s shop in the Block Arcade overlooking Collins Street and made suits for professional people and businessmen,” George said.

“Squizzy also used to have his suits made there and always paid cash – so, from a business point of view, my grandfather very much lamented his passing.”

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Contemporary jewellery an auction highlight

Contemporary jewellery, including a Tiffany ring, from one collector is a highlight of Young’s Auctions from 9.30am Friday February 21 at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The jewellery attraction will continue for auction goers with some 20 lots, comprising gold rings and semi-precious stones, from one estate and a collection of Selangor pewter Lord of the Rings limited edition statues.

The statues feature leading players Gandolph and Frodo along with several dragon figures.

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EJ Ainger

An auction that is heaven for restorers

Restorers and the home handyman (or woman) will be in their element fossicking among E.J. Ainger’s restoration gems from 9.30am on Tuesday at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The auction house’s back room is full of restoration and decorator items while the front room contains Victorian and Australian 19th century furniture.

This includes a fine secretaire two-door bookcase, burr walnut wardrobe, credenza and a music canterbury.

There also is a large number of interesting collectable including paintings and floor rugs.

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Tasmanian business icon's stamp collection to be auctioned

Sir Henry Somerset was synonymous with economic development in Tasmania. An industrial chemist, his name was inextricably linked with Burnie and Associated Pulp and Paper Mills (APPM), Goliath Cement at Railton and Australian Titan Products (Tioxide) at Heybridge.

As APPM’s CEO, Sir Henry oversaw the company’s rise to one of Australia’s leading industrial entities and also served on CSIRO’s advisory board.

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Philips Auctions

Travelling collectors auction Aboriginal art gems

It is rare these days to find collectors of Aboriginal art who actually travel to the communities to meet the artists and purchase the works first hand.

However, Michael and Janet Strachan did exactly that when about 20 years ago they first visited the Kimberley region of Western Australia and fell in love with the landscape and its art.

Their first contact was with the Warmun community – the home of what were to become iconic Aboriginal artists like Rover Thomas, Jack Britten and Queenie McKenzie - and famous for its ochre paintings.

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Auction of auction house premises sign of bigger and better things to come

Despite the auction sign on the roof above 229 Camberwell Road East Hawthorn, it is business as usual for Young’s Auctions – just as it has been for the past 85 years.

One of Australia’s oldest auction houses is not closing down – just moving premises to at this stage an unknown location.

“We have yet to find a suitable and larger premises to take the business into a new era,” explained managing director David Young.

“However, once the premises are sold (hopefully on auction day Thursday March 20) we will have until mid next year to find something.”

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Australian pottery a strong auction drawcard

A strong collection of Australian pottery featuring works by Remued, and members of the Boyd family including Guy, Martin and David, is a strong attraction for buyers at Young’s Auctions from 9.30am Friday at 229 Camberwell Road, East Hawthorn.

The auction contains several fine jewellery pieces such as gold necklaces and a sapphire ring along with crystal, ruby glass and porcelain items.

A range of modern furniture excess to requirements from a shop that has shifted location and antique furniture from several vendors also is on offer.

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Radio auction a bonus for collectors

John Heard’s collection of rare and antique valve radios dating from the 1920s is the highlight of Mossgreen’s Quarterly Collectors Auction Series from 10am on Tuesday and Wednesday February 4-5 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The 66-year-old former Balmoral Art Gallery owner in Geelong, who first developed an interest in vintage radios as a child, has been obliged to sell his large collection of more than 100 radios because he is downsizing from his large home to a nearby townhouse. 

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EJ Ainger

Auction rooms benefit from holiday break

E.J. Ainger opened its auction rooms on Tuesday after being closed for more than a month for the Christmas-New Year holiday break.

However, staff did not depart for the break without leaving the carrier’s number on the office answering machine and were surprised to find they were inundated with antique and luxurious furnishings and collectibles on their return.

All these items will be available for Aingers Tuesday auction from 9.30am at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Jewellery a major buyer attraction at Kew auction

Valuable jewellery – including a 4.32-carat diamond ring (insurance value $115,000) and a 49.30-carat tanzanite pendant ($119,000) – will be the highlight of Amanda Addams Auctions latest sale from 6.30pm Monday at 344 High Street, Kew.

These two items – and a 3.5-carat yellow diamond ring – along with several excellent paintings by well-known Australian artists belong to a South Caulfield estate and are bound to excite collector interest.

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