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Top Australia artists feature in Melbourne book auction

A book of imaginary butterflies (lot 7) by renowned Australian artist Charles Blackman (1928-2018) is a highlight of a private vendor’s fine and rare books collection which Melbourne-based antiquarian book seller Peter Arnold will auction online through from 2pm Sunday June 19 at 606 High Street, Prahran.

The sale of the collection, which took many years to assemble, will be held in four stages covering Australian art (lots 1-123), the entire P. Neville...

Menzies chairman dies after long illness

Chairman and owner of Menzies Art Brands and Lawson Auctioneers Rod Menzies died on April 25 aged 76 in Melbourne after a long illness.

A pioneer of the Australian art trade – initially as a collector of Modern and Impressionist paintings – Rod established the auction house Deutscher-Menzies (now Menzies) and in 2001 purchased Lawsons from the Badger family.

He was a vociferous champion of Australian art and in the late 1990s Menzies became a worthy competitor...

Faceless society

Are we in danger of becoming the faceless society? With masks now mandatory in Victoria and the only physical contact with people permitted one hour of exercise, the opportunity for facial recognition is rapidly becoming a distant memory.

While many Asian people are used to mask wearing – mainly to guard against the damaging effects of pollution in their own countries – for most Westerners it is a foreign concept.

But then, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in...

Sotheby's holds New York's first Aboriginal art auction

Sotheby’s New York is set to hold the first Aboriginal art auction outside Australia or Europe on Friday December 13 in the Big Apple when it offers modern and contemporary indigenous Australian art dating from the 1950s to the present day to art lovers.

Led by acknowledged Aboriginal art expert Tim Klingender, in 1997 the company began conducting stand alone Aboriginal art sales in Australia – a practice they continued until 2009 when Sotheby’s closed their...

Book auction to impact collectors

It is not often that Melbourne antiquarian bookseller Peter Arnold holds an auction – but when he does it always has a major impact on collectors.

This forthcoming auction (the first in 18 months) is no exception with several historically important works to go under the hammer from 6.30pm Wednesday December 5 at St George’s Anglican Church Hall 296 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

The most notable are the early accounts of Australian and Pacific voyages and travels from the 18th...

On line auction for Australian pioneers collection

Lawsons on line auction of Hawthorn residents Ray Marginson AM and his late wife Betty (also AM) collection will close at 7pm Saturday December 2.

The auction features paintings, furniture, pottery, ceramics, glassware, copper items, sculptures, antique pistols and other collectables.

Betty Marginson (nee Reilly) (1923-2015) was a pioneer in many fields as a teacher, student and community activist, local councillor and advocate for citizens (especially female) rights.


Leski Auctions withdraws Blythman collection from sale


Earlier today, after receiving advice from Aboriginal Victoria, we had no option but to withdraw all of the lots listed for sale in this Sunday’s auction (September 23) of the Blythman Collection.
We took this decision in consultation with the vendor and Aboriginal Victoria, an office within the Department of the Premier & Cabinet of the Victorian Government.
After an inspection of the 232 lots that were being...

Leonard Joel establishes valuations department

Jewellery expert Caroline Tickner has been appointed head of the newly created valuations department within Leonard Joel.

The new department, which complements a broad range of categories within the auction house, will provide specialist and tailored solutions for all written valuations.

This adds to Leonard Joel’s ability to provide expert written opinions on market, probate, insurance, matrimonial, superannuation and cultural gifts matters for its clients.

Tickner is...

GraysOnline goes global

Equipment owners, contractors and dealers worldwide can now target thousands of potential customers in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and Australasia through the recent launch of Grays eCommerce Group online auction service

This unique plant and equipment online marketplace was created last month by joining Australasia’s largest online auctioneer GraysOnline with experienced regional partners Glen Day...

Former NGV deputy director joins Mossgreen

Former National Gallery of Victoria deputy director Frances Lindsay has been appointed Mossgreen’s director of Australian art.

The appointment takes effect from March 1 and the aim of the newly created role is to grow and develop the company’s Australian art business in Australia and New Zealand across all of its art departments – auctions, galleries and private sales.

One of Australia’s most experienced art professionals, Lindsay has an extensive track record of strategic...


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