Australian auction house Mossgreen was founded in 2004 by Paul Sumner and Amanda Swanson, later merging with Charles Leski in 2013. With headquarters in Melbourne, it also operated premises in Sydney and Auckland with representatives in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Perth and London.

The firm went into administration in December 2017.

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Trio of firms rises from ashes of Mossgreen

02 July 2018

Australia gains three new auction houses as specialists go it alone in Melbourne

Mossgreen ‘won’t be the last’ until trust accounts compulsory

14 May 2018

The Auctioneers and Valuers Association (AVAA), a trade body representing Australian auction houses, has called for client accounts to become a compulsory legal requirement in the country.

Mossgreen in Melbourne

BDO report hits out at Mossgreen management

30 April 2018

The administrator BDO’s report into the collapse of Mossgreen has recommended that the Australian auction house’s former management be investigated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) over possible criminal activities.


Mossgreen consignors free to collect goods without facing charges from administrator BDO

25 April 2018

The administrator to collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen has lost a court case over fees which means goods can be returned to their rightful owners without fees being due.


Administrators ‘wrong to charge Mossgreen consignors for returns’

16 April 2018

Consignors to collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen will not have to pay fees to have items returned, a Sydney court has ruled.


Court orders Mossgreen to return lots to owners

09 April 2018

The administrator of collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen has been ordered to return thousands of lots after Federal Court ruled it did not have the right to charge clients fees to collect their own goods.

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Mossgreen consignors to appear at court hearing in Sydney over collection fees

23 March 2018

A large number of Mossgreen consignors are rapidly preparing their case to challenge the collection fees being charged by the administrators of the collapsed Australian auction house.


Webb’s survives Mossgreen debacle

19 March 2018

Two businessmen from Auckland have rescued New Zealand auction house Webb’s from administration after the collapse of parent company Mossgreen.


Mossgreen vendors baulk at ‘unfair’ fees

05 March 2018

Clients of the collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen are preparing to challenge the fees being demanded by firm’s administrators to collect their own goods.

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Australian association insists on client accounts following collapse of Mossgreen

29 January 2018

The Australian professional auctioneering body has called for all auctioneers to introduce client accounts – known as trust accounts in Australia – to avoid a repeat of the grim situation at failed firm Mossgreen.


Mossgreen boss ‘devastated’ by firm’s closure

22 January 2018

Paul Sumner’s hopes of a restructure of Australian saleroom Mossgreen melted away last week after his proposed investment plan failed and the administrator began winding down the business.


Mossgreen fights to survive with debts of Aus$12m

08 January 2018

Around 400 people and businesses are owed money by Australian auction house and gallery firm Mossgreen after it went into administration in December.


Mossgreen to restructure after going into administration

02 January 2018

Australian auction house Mossgreen is in administration and a creditors’ meeting will be held this week.


Time to join the singles club

13 November 2017

As auction houses expand their specialist sales programmes, separate departments can also develop if the volume of business is worth it. Not many have a dedicated single-owner department, however.

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New world record price achieved for Australian artist at auction

26 June 2017

A painting by UK-born Australian artist Sir Russell Drysdale (1912-1981) has fetched AUD$2.97m when it was sold by Mossgreen in Adelaide on Sunday 25 June. The price is the fifth highest at auction for any Australian artwork.

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Early views of Australia emerge at auction

21 June 2017

A lifelong interesting in collecting can be sparked off by so many different things. For Australian Denis Joachim it was a purchase in a second-hand bookshop when he was just 18 years old.


Terrestrial table globe put on the auction map in Melbourne

02 May 2017

One of the highlights of Mossgreen’s sale of Decorative Arts to be held in Armadale, Melbourne, on May 8-9 is this 11in (26.5cm) diameter 17th century terrestrial table globe with its original mahogany cradle.

Portrait by  Charles F Goldie

Flipping good return for Maori portrait by New Zealand artist Charles F Goldie

28 April 2017

A portrait of a Maori chief by New Zealand artist Charles F Goldie (1870-1947) more than doubled its money in the space of five months after returning to its homeland from the UK.

Chinese wood sculpture

Song Dynasty sculpture tops Raphy Star collection at Mossgreen auction

28 December 2016

Australian auctioneers Mossgreen set an AUS$2m record for a single-owner sale of Asian Art sold down-under when they offered part of Raphy Star’s collection in Sydney earlier this month.

Ming Dynasty banknote

Rare Ming Dynasty banknote found lurking inside Chinese sculpture

12 October 2016

Auction specialists in Australia have found a rare Ming Dynasty banknote hidden within a Chinese wooden sculpture. The discovery came at Mossgreen as they were cataloguing the extensive collection of Raphy Star – one of the most important collections of Asian art ever to be offered in the country.