Story of an uprising Down Under

11 September 2017

Eureka Stockade has been dubbed as the only ‘battle’ to have taken place in Australia but was in reality little more than a skirmish in global terms. However, the 1854 uprising that cost nearly 30 lives is now recognised as a seminal political event in colonial history and one that marked the birth of democracy in Australia.


Bidding leaps for Aus$70,000 kangeroo salts

11 September 2017

A set of four Victorian kangaroos salts made by silversmiths Hunt & Roskell sold for Aus$70,000 (£42,000) as part of the Fairfax collection at Leonard Joel in Sydney on August 31-September 2.


Novelty silver kangaroos help Fairfax auction jump to $1.74m at Leonard Joel

04 September 2017

Antiques owned by the late businessman James Fairfax caught the eye of buyers with a set of four Victorian novelty kangaroo salts among the highlights at the auction in Sydney.

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BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ team discover lost work by Australian artist Tom Roberts

04 September 2017

An early painting by UK-born Australian artist Thomas William Roberts (1856-1931), was authenticated on the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ after being lost for more than 130 years.


Australian sales bring the roos of the world

21 August 2017

It may be pretty quiet on the auction front in Europe but Down Under the saleroom and fairs scene is in full swing.

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Australian media magnate’s art and antiques collection heads to auction in Sydney

15 August 2017

Art and antiques owned by the late businessman James Fairfax will be offered at auction next month.

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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.

Merryn Schriever

Bonhams promotes Merryn Schriever to lead Australia after chairman departs

23 June 2017

Bonhams has promoted Merryn Schriever to become the company’s director in Australia, following the departure of chairman Mark Fraser.

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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.


First Fleet footsteps in the Australian continent

19 June 2017

Written by Judge Advocate David Collins, secretary, close friend and adviser to Governor Arthur Phillip, An Account of the English Colony in New South Wales of 1798-1802 was the last of the so-called ‘First Fleet’ journals to be published.


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.

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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.

EBay threat over Australian sales tax

28 April 2017

Online giant eBay is threatening to block Australian customers from buying from overseas firms if the government enacts laws to collect a tax from online sales.


Gold rush fever hits Australian auction

24 April 2017

A mid-19th century oil painting depicting in detail a scene at the height of the Australian gold rush is a potential highlight of a Sotheby’s Australia sale next month.

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.

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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.

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Exhibition of long-hidden paintings goes on show in Hoxton

16 September 2016

Paintings by the intensely private artist Keith Cunningham are to be reintroduced to the public during an upcoming exhibition in Hoxton.

Australian artist Herbert Badham’s Snack Bar

Australia bans UK-based collector from taking home painting bought at auction

14 September 2016

A UK-based art collector has been banned from exporting a World War II era painting from Australia.

Alliances see Dreweatts expand into classic cars and Australia

19 December 2014

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury have announced two new alliances as they reshape the wider business as part of the Stanley Gibbons Group.

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Cradling Queen Victoria’s daughter

16 May 2014

Mossgreen will be offering one of the most talked about items of the year at their forthcoming sale in Melbourne. The auction will feature this elaborately carved and inlaid cradle made for Princess Helena, Queen Victoria’s fifth child.



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