Christian McCann Auctions

Faberge items all the rage at Melbourne auction

A Faberge enamel and sterling silver bedroom clock in its original case (lot 64) will be a major highlight of Christian McCann Auctions forthcoming on site sale bristling with 18th and 19th century antiques from noon Sunday October 20 at 9 Barnard Road, Toorak.

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Philips Auctions

Soprano's silver is music to Melbourne auction ears

One of Australia’s leading sopranos with a career in both Opera Australia and the Victorian State Opera is auctioning several pieces of quality sterling silver through Philips Auctions forthcoming sale from noon Sunday October 20 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The retired diva, who does not wish to be named but who has been honoured twice over the years in Queen’s Birthday honours for her services to music, appeared with many of the leading musical lights of her day.

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Abacus Auctions

Phar Lap's greatest triumphs remembered at Melbourne auction

Nothing like the onset of Australia’s spring racing season to remember a true champion of the Australian turf – none other than the iconic Phar Lap who not only won the 1930 Melbourne Cup but every other major race of his day.

Tragically, Phar Lap died shortly after winning the 1932 Agua Caliente Handicap – one of America’s greatest races – in record time.

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Leski Auctions

Auction pen an Einstein legacy

Auction houses are always searching for new ways to attract clients to their sales – for there is nothing more boring than serving up the same sort of stuff every time they hold another auction.

Leski Auctions latest Decorative Arts & Collectables sale, from 10am Sunday October 20 at 727-729 High Street Armadale, is a case in point.

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Gibsons Auctions

Melbourne estate auctions works by Archibald Prize winner

Seventeen paintings by Australian artist and 1933 Archibald Prize winner Charles Wheeler (1880-1977) from his own estate will be auctioned from 6.30pm Monday October 14 as part of Gibson’s Auctions Australian and International Art sale at 885-889 High Street, Armadale.

The paintings include a self-portrait (lot 3) painted during his student days and the Untitled (Mooring on the River Thames) (lot 16).

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Kim's Auctions

Unusual mother of pearl painting at Melbourne auction

A painting made from mother of pearl and featuring a girl seated in a yoga meditation position is one of the highlights of Kim’s Auctions forthcoming on site sale from 11am Sunday October 13 at 27 Foote Street, Brighton.

Other paintings of note include an oil on board with large gilt frame of early 19th century French soldiers.

Items for auction are scattered through the large home which has been sold, with the owners downsizing to an apartment.

There are several Asian and Egyptian artefacts that are bound to whet collector appetites.

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EJ Ainger

History galore in Melbourne furniture auction

Auctioneer John Ainger is over the moon about his forthcoming auction featuring the contents of the estate of Edrina Caroline Tarring Dunstan, a direct descendant of James Henty (1800-1882) – an influential pioneer, merchant, banker and politician in early Melbourne.

The auction, from 9.30am Tuesday October 8 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond, also features furniture items from a Toorak mansion and a Glen Iris estate.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Intriguing history to Melbourne auction venue

When Christian McCann was invited to auction the entire contents of a Victorian mansion at 34 Brewster Street, Essendon, little did he realise the intriguing facts he would uncover about its past.

The mansion features a tower where the original merchant owner would sit to watch for the ships carrying his imported cargo to sail into port – but that is not what makes this historic property so fascinating.

Any visitor who looks up will see ceilings painted by an artisan who unfortunately would never complete his work.

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Menzies Art Brands

Menzies auction in strong art market

As Menzies chief executive officer Justin Turner confidently predicts a continuing upward trend in Australia’s secondary art market – based on strong performances over the past 12 months – the auction house prepares itself for a Sydney sale on September 26 hoping to achieve more than $8 million in revenue if all goes well.

“The real estate market also appears to be turning and there are a lot more apartments for sale than there are good paintings (of which supply is finite),” he said.

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EJ Ainger

Art deco the theme for a Melbourne auction

 Now in his 60s, a vendor who does not wish to be named and who purchased specific art deco pieces to decorate his period St Kilda Street, Brighton mansion has decided it is time to downsize as he moves into retirement.

As a result, his entire collection will be auctioned from 9.30am Tuesday September 24 by E.J. Ainger at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Managing director John Ainger has described the sale as a designer auction with art deco furniture and French designed cherub vases, wrought iron standard lamps and coffee tables typical of the offerings.

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