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"It is common knowledge that I have dabbled with various auction houses over the years that have assisted me with aspects of my collection," says Mr Geddes, "but this is the first and last time that a complete offering of my entire stock-in-trade will hit the marketplace."

There will be around 1800 lots - a mix of Continental and British furniture and objects, Asian works of art, bronze and marble statuary, tapestries, clocks and fine art  which will be offered in a three-day sale on September 15-17 at the auctioneers' saleroom in South Yarra, Melbourne.

In the week prior to the sale they will all be on view at the Geddes showroom in Armadale, Melbourne.

The eclectic selection will range from a Northern Wei stone figure of Buddha preaching, dated to c.5th century AD, and a mid-19th century painted and ivory inlaid ebony and ebonised cabinet, pictured here, to a mid-18th century ormolu-mounted kingwood commode by François Fleury.

Mr Geddes sold the last piece to a local collector and then re-purchased it three years ago when it resurfaced at an auction in Sydney. It is estimated at Aus$42,000-62,000.