Leski Auctions

Holey dollar and star banknotes highlight Melbourne coin and banknote auction

Melbourne-based Leski Auctions director Charles Leski is rubbing his hands with glee at the number of star banknotes he has on offer at his forthcoming Coins, Banknotes and Stamps auction from 10am Thursday February 16 at 727-729 High Street, Armadale.

“Auction houses are lucky to see one a year,” he said. “Two or three is a big number and we have eight in the one auction (lots 433-440).”

Star notes are replacement banknotes – issued once a damaged note has been withdrawn from service.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Is contemporary art your thing? Melbourne online auction provides good choices

Thinking about starting a modern and contemporary art collection? Then have a look at Deutscher and Hackett’s online auction, which ends from 7pm Wednesday February 15, at which 36 art works – many by well-known Australian artists and all carrying affordable catalogue estimates – will go under the hammer.

Legendary street artist Banksy holds the top billing with Gangsta Rat 2004 (lot 25) carrying a catalogue estimate of $40,000-$60,000.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Three auctions on the one day to greet the Melbourne New Year

Three timed online auctions on the same day is Melbourne-based Christian McCann Auctions way of greeting the 2023 New Year – with the first, devoted to decorative arts and antiques, closing from 3pm at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford – and the next two, important art and Asian furniture and porcelain, respectively from 4pm and 5pm.

The decorative arts and antiques sale has 159 lots to go under the hammer, most of which are readily affordable even to first time auction goers and would make an attractive adornment to any home.

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Deutscher and Hackett

Australian Aboriginal and contemporary art collection an auction crowd pleaser

Australian artist Richard Larter’s (1929-2014) colourful abstracts have always been a favourite for pop art collectors and auction goers will have the opportunity to view and bid for his works at Deutscher and Hackett’s timed online Aboriginal and Contemporary Art auction finishing from 7pm Tuesday December 13 at 105 Commercial Road, South Yarra.

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Philips Auctions

A festive auction ideal for all and sundry

Melbourne-based Philips Auctions Christmas timed online decorative arts auction, which ends from 9am Monday December 12 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern has some interesting knick-knacks that could make ideal festive season gifts.

One is a particularly eye-catching mid-19th century tilt-top circular table with inlaid multi wood veneers (lot 511) that has a catalogue estimate of $1500-$2500.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Melbourne school teacher collection part of Christmas auctions

A former teacher at Melbourne private school Firbank Grammar, the late Jeanne Horton Grenville, loved 18th century porcelain and was always on the lookout for more to complement her collection of George III and Regency furniture.

Now her collection will be auctioned from 12pm Sunday December 11 by Christian McCann Auctions at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

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Elder Fine Art

Namatjira leads Australian artist greats at South Australian auction

With three spectacular watercolours by Hermannsburg School Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira (1902-1959) to help entice buyers to its Important Australian and European Paintings Sunday December 4 sale, South Australian-based Elder Fine Art also has plenty of other works by big name Australian artists to satisfy the current booming interest in art by both first-time purchasers and established collectors.

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Christian McCann Auctions

Exhbition antique furniture and porcelain in Australian auction

An exhibition quality 19th century French kingwood seven drawer bureau plait (lot 71) is a highlight of the outstanding offering of 18th and 19th century antiques and fine art from 12pm Sunday December 4 by Melbourne-based Christian McCann Auctions at 7 Harper Street, Abbotsford.

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Leski Auctions

Australian historical auction pays tribute to convict days

In a fascinating look at Australia’s convict past, Melbourne-based Leski Auctions two-day Australian & Historical sale has a section on convicts and bushrangers that pays tribute to the country’s penal settlement days.

One of the items is an 18-carat gold pocket watch (lot 249) presented to the former Chief District Constable of Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) George Brown “as a token of respect and esteem on his leaving the colony”.

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Deutscher and Hackett

A painting that helped Arkley to international fame goes for auction

Howard Arkley’s (1951-1999) painting High Fenced, 1996 – exhibited in November that year by Tolarno Galleries at the prestigious German art fair Art Cologne – was an important milestone in his efforts to achieve international recognition, culminating in his representation of Australia at the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999, a month before he died.

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