Gibsons Auctions

Hungarian refugee uses his engineering skills to amass a collection worthy of a special auction

When George Gyori arrived in 1957 in Australia as a 19-year-old Hungarian refugee courtesy of the Red Cross, he probably never believed that he would end up with a massive collection of Australian, maritime and exploration memorabilia – let alone clocks, watches and the tools with which to make them.

George trained as an engineer and in 1963 started his own general engineering business. However, he had always had a hankering for wristwatches that his Hungarian family could never afford.

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Philips Auctions

Conrad Martens auction painting important part of Australian history

In the foreground is a clear and unmistakeable Aborigine dressed in white while a stockman can be seen in the distance riding away.

The is the Conrad Martens (1801-1878) watercolour painting titled Kilcoy, Moreton Bay, Australia (lot 370) that once resided in the Alan Bond Collection and was sold in 1992 by Christie’s to the current Queensland owner’s mother who recently died.

It is an impressive part of Philips Auctions timed online Fine and Decorative Arts sale at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern which closes from noon Monday July 5.

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Philips Auctions

First time auction for stunning Singapore jewellery

They are stunning pieces of jewellery in anybody’s language – more so because they have never before been seen on the Australian market. 

Their origin? – a prestigious jewellery store that operated during the 1980s and 1990s in Singapore and inherited by the vendor who now wishes to sell them, with Philips Auctions gemmologist Tanya Philips the lucky intermediary.

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Fine Arts Auctions

Aussie Taxi King auction contents a "hansom" acquisition

Kevin Gange is popularly known as the “Taxi King” – largely because his family has been involved in Melbourne’s taxi industry since the 1860s when his great-great-grandfather first started ferrying passengers around city streets in a hansom cab.

He and auctioneer Phil Caldwell initially crossed paths in 1999 when Kevin purchased a hansom cab as a reminder of his family’s early beginnings at the Monte Christie horse-drawn vehicles auction in Junee New South Wales, owned by Reg Ryan.

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Menzies Art Brands

Archibald winner honoured with auction catalogue cover

Menzies is honouring former Archibald prize winner Ben Quilty with its catalogue cover for his work Skull 3 2006 (lot 22) in their Wednesday June 30 Melbourne auction following the artist’s record-breaking success in its March sale for Beast 2 which sold for $220,000.

The auction, from 6.30pm at Menzies Gallery 1 Darling Street South Yarra, will feature a comprehensive range of Australian and international paintings and sculptures.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Austrian silver garniture a major Australian auction focus

An incredible late 19th century Austrian silver three-piece figural table garniture (lot 56) by leading Viennese silversmith Josef Carl Klinkosch (1822-1888) is the major focus of Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming Melbourne antiques and fine art sale from 12pm Sunday June 27 at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

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Leski Auctions

Qantas centenary celebrated with an auction aviation letter

There are no doubt plenty of ways Australia’s national airline Qantas could celebrate the centenary of its establishment as a commercial enterprise this year.

For Melbourne-based Leski Auctions, its forthcoming Stamp, Coin & Postal History 738-lot auction pays tribute to the anniversary with a rare example (lot 278) of the mail Qantas carried in 1922 on its first airmail delivery flights.

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Gibsons Auctions

Australian journalist, businessman and Packer confidant auctions his collection

Trevor Kennedy, former journalist and right-hand man to Australian media tycoon the late Kerry Packer, is auctioning much of his colonial furniture, silver and other collectables collection through Gibson’s Auctions over two days from 12pm Sunday June 20 (live auction) and from 10am Monday June 21 (an online sale) at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The auction has been delayed by two weeks due to Victoria’s current COVID-19 lockdown – the fourth in 15 months – which has now been extended by another seven days in Melbourne until 11.59pm Thursday June 10.

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Abacus Auctions

Australian sporting memorabilia in sharp auction focus

As a leg spin bowler and lower order batsman, the late Terry Jenner played nine Tests for Australia and one One Day International match between 1970 and 1975.

Despite reasonable performances with both bat and ball (his best figures were 5/90 and 74 runs in different Tests), he was never a regular member of the Australian team.

However, in latter years Jenner was a leg-spin coach to many international players and a great influence on Australian leg-spin legend and record holder Shane Warne.

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Gibsons Auctions

Melbourne creates unwanted record with its COVID-19 lockdown auctions

As Melbourne enters its fourth COVID-19 lockdown in 15 months – this one hopefully only for seven days – fine and decorative arts auction houses are once more in online mode, both for viewing and bidding.

This is certainly true for Gibson’s Auctions sale, entitled The Autumn Emporium, which ends from 10am Monday May 31 at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The auction comprises 464 lots – many of them very affordable for first time buyers – and covering such categories as art, porcelain, ceramics, sculptures, furniture and other collectables.

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