Christian McCann Auctions

Young French marquetry furniture an auction crowd puller

The estate of Australian artist Dorothy Plowright, who trained at the Royal Academy in London and married Neville Young of Young & Jackson fame, will be part of Christian McCann Auctions latest sale from noon Sunday October 13 at 426 Burnley Street, Richmond.

Dorothy Plowright-Young, who died in her 90s, was well known for her works and at one stage she and her husband owned historic Mornmoot – the 124-hectare horse stud at Whittlesea constructed in the early 1900s for Russell Chirnside who owned the property until the 1940s.

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EJ Ainger

Hairdressing guru and her love of antiques

Madame Verna Greene is probably one of the best-known names in world hairdressing and stylist circles who, when she died on November 1 last year aged 96, left an enduring legacy as a business pioneer, visionary and world judge.

While hairdressing was her life, so too was her magnificent home at Wonga Park (built in 1982 and decorated by the well-known interior designer Colin Bowman), filled with magnificent furniture and collectibles – much of it brought back from the United States.

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Leonard Joel

Linus Onus among Aboriginal auction highlights

A Linus Onus painting of cross-hatched frogs and a large Tommy Watson painting will be among highlights of a range of Aboriginal art and artefacts to be auctioned from 6.30pm Thursday by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The sale features a collection of far north Queensland artefacts gifted to the late Dr Tim O’Leary while he was a Flying Doctor in the 1950s and 1960s.

Of particular note is the bull-roarer with a female torso carved into it.

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Amanda Addams Auctions

Large William Ricketts sculpture to attract auction goers

One of William Ricketts larger Aboriginal sculptures is up for auction at Amanda Addams Auctions latest sale from 6.30pm on Monday October 7 at 344 High Street, Kew.

The sculpture of an Aboriginal elder is 93 centimetres long, 31 centimetres wide and 40 centimetres high and has been in the one family for many years.

Ricketts (1898-1993) is famous for his sculptures of Aboriginals following his frequent trips 1949 to1960 to central Australia to live with the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte peoples – whose traditions and culture inspired his works.

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Christopher Bragg Auctions

Whitechapel Foundry bells music to the ears

A set of antique Whitechapel Foundry orchestral bells, a vintage Belgian clarinet and other vintage musical instruments should attract music lovers to Christopher Braggs Auctions latest sale from 11am Sunday at 20 Lilydale Grove, Hawthorn East.

The furniture up for auction is largely oriental with Baba Nyonya pieces and early 20th century Chinese furniture up for grabs.

Several of the paintings also are Chinese along with works by F Mutsaers, K Kandis and Tormod Holth.

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Abbeys Auctions

Pool table dream an auction reality

Have you ever dreamed about having your own pool table but not had enough space to accommodate it?  

Well this week the perfect solution has arrived at Abbeys Auctions – a magnificent slate based 8’x 4’ pool table that doubles as a dining table – part of the company’s weekly sale of more than 600 lots available for live or online bidding from 9am Friday at 480-482A Station Street, Box Hill.  

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Leski Auctions

Alex Jesaulenko collection up for auction

Four premiership medals are among the vast collection of football memorabilia one of Carlton’s favourite sons and football playing icon Alex Jesaulenko is auctioning from 5pm on Thursday through Leski Auctions at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn.

Well remembered for his “mark of the century” over Collingwood ruckman Graeme Jenkin during the 1970 VFL Grand Final, Jesaulenko was instrumental in Carlton’s (which was down by 44 points at half time) famous come from behind victory.

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Leonard Joel

Unusual toys to attract avid collectors

An assortment of vintage die cast and tinplate toy vehicles from throughout the world at Leonard Joel’s latest monthly toy auction should whet the appetite of even the most discerning collector when they go under the hammer from noon Thursday at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

One of the rarer items is the promotional Dinky 274 ‘Joseph Mason Paint’ mini van, along with a W&R Jacob biscuit manufacturers van from Models of Yesteryear, bulldozers, cranes, tankers and military vehicles.

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EJ Ainger

Lladro figure to bring crowds to Aingers auction

A Lladro figure of a girl beside a drawing room chair should be a major drawcard for E.J Ainger Pty Ltd’s next auction from 9.30am on Tuesday at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

The sale features a large number of estate furnishings and includes English retro teak furniture along with Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s furniture items.

Of particular note is a Scottish flame mahogany chest of drawers and bow end walnut display cabinet.

The auction also contains a pair of French spelter musicians, three French Louis XV-style fire fenders and a rocking horse.

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Steve Graham Auctioneer

Route 66 glory days up for auction

 The late Ross Wattington had such a fascination with America’s famous Route 66 – which crossed the country from Chicago to Santa Monica in California – that he spent much of his life traversing the highway collecting memorabilia relating to its glory days of the 1950s to 1970s.

In 1983, he established a Route 66 shop in Prahran that enabled other Australians to share his passion for some of the amazing hot-rod and other American symbols of the era – followed a few years later by a similar store in Sydney.

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