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Geddes stock at auction

31 August 2012

In mid September the well-known Melbourne antiques dealer Graham Geddes will be holding a large stock sale at Leonard Joel auction house.

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Record Boyd in Melbourne

30 August 2012

Setting an auction record for the artist, a picture by Arthur Boyd (1920-99) was the top-selling work among the 60 lots of Australian and International paintings at Sotheby’s most recent sale in Melbourne.

Joel throw down the gauntlet over vendors’ commissions

09 June 2012

Australian auction house Leonard Joel have made a public challenge to competitors by offering a 105% return to sellers for the higher end of the market.

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Lewis collection invigorates Australian art market

12 December 2011

IT was a sale tipped to defy a generally lacklustre market, and boy did it deliver! Some 590 items from the estate of Dr Ann Lewis were auctioned by Mossgreen on November 7 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.

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Boyd’s Bridegroom sets record in Sydney

05 September 2011

DESPITE the uncertain economic conditions that have cooled the art market in Australia, last month saw a new high for one the country’s most highly regarded artists.

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The £180,000 bounty for Bligh’s descendants

08 August 2011

ICONIC is the only word to describe two gold medals offered at a recent sale by Noble Numismatics of Melbourne, Australia.

Australia sets up its own version of BAMF

16 May 2011

THE Australian art and antiques industry has formed its own version of the British Art Market Federation following what it calls “several years of uncertainty in the Australian art market”.

Bonhams raise stakes Down Under

16 May 2011

THE contstant jockeying for position in the Australian art and antiques auctions market continues with the appointment of Mark Fraser as chairman of Bonhams Australia with immediate effect.

Christchurch dealer fights to save his stock

14 March 2011

REPORTS from Christchurch in New Zealand reveal that an antiques dealer is appealing for help to retrieve his stock before the army demolishes his damaged shop.

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Profitable journey from Suffolk to Sydney

14 March 2011

A PICTURE discovered in a Suffolk village has sold for Aus$132,000 (£85,715) in Bonhams' saleroom in Sydney, Australia.

Australian trade launch fight against Resale Right

07 February 2011

AUSTRALIAN dealers and auctioneers are joining forces to fight the current Artist’s Resale Right scheme introduced to the country seven months ago.

Goodman sells up in Australia

10 January 2011

AFTER just one year at the helm of Sotheby’s Australia, Tim Goodman has retired as chairman and principal shareholder.

Bonhams move into Aboriginal art

06 December 2010

CONFIRMING their intentions in the Australian market, Bonhams have launched an Aboriginal art department in Sydney.

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Australia’s finest sideboard takes over £300,000

22 November 2010

IT measures over 11ft (3.4m) wide and stands 11ft 6in (3.5m) high, was built in Melbourne and is carved over the entire surface with figure and details emblematic of the foundation and history of the state of Victoria.

Theodore Bruce up the stakes in Sydney with new saleroom

20 September 2010

THEODORE Bruce Auctions, based in Adelaide since the 19th century, have established a “mid-tier” saleroom in Sydney.

Australian trade see off ‘double whammy’ threat

06 September 2010

DEALERS Down Under have successfully fought off the recommendations of a government report that threatened to disrupt the status quo in the Australian art market.

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An object lesson in embellishment

23 August 2010

THE Viennese mahogany commode, pictured here at the top, has undergone a remarkable transformation since it sold along with its companion pair at auction in 1993 as part of the Thurn and Taxis sale.

Outcry over Australian bid to ban pension funds from buying art

05 July 2010

INVESTORS and artists in Australia are in uproar at proposals to ban self-managed pensions from putting their money in art.

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Unique Napoleon archive surfaces in New Zealand

07 June 2010

PRIMARY source material relating to the last days of Napoleon’s life has emerged at a charity valuation event in New Zealand and will be offered for sale on June 29. The consignment of more than 40 items includes a lock of Napoleon’s hair and a sketch of the former emperor on his deathbed drawn from life.

Bonhams stamp their mark on Australia once more

29 April 2010

BONHAMS have secured a major art collection that puts them squarely at the centre of the Australian auctions scene once more.

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