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Toys steam away from Australian museum

26 September 2022

Davidson Auctions in Annadale, New South Wales, Australia, is dispersing the contents of the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum.

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Capturing ‘the sentiments of a recovering nation’

18 April 2022

The original watercolour draught for Sydney Harbour Bridge that featured on the front page of ATG No 2538 was bought by the Australian National Maritime Museum, it has been revealed.

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Roberts in sketch and finished form

04 April 2022

An oil on panel of a Spanish water carrier with his donkey in Granada by the Australian Impressionist Tom Roberts (1856-1931) accompanied by the artist’s pen and ink sketch for the work is to be offered in the sale at Smith & Singer in Sydney on April 12.

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Spode collection offered in Australia

22 November 2021

On December 2 Australian auction firm Shapiro will be offering the collection of Spode blue and white earthenwares assembled over the past 25 years by Russell Brooks. The majority were purchased in first 15 years mainly in England but also in Australia.

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Down Under cookery comes up trumps in Oz saleroom

01 November 2021

A couple of surprise results emerged in a sale held in Armadale, Victoria, by Australian Book Auctions (19.8% buyer’s premium).

The Man with the Golden Gun books

Latest James Bond film prompts art and antiques firms to promote memorabilia

29 September 2021

The James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ will be released on September 30 (after pandemic delays) and a number of auction houses and dealers have a selection of related items for sale.

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First edition of Ian Fleming’s 'Casino Royale' saved from a skip

20 September 2021

This first edition of Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale will be offered for sale by Scammell Auctions in Adelaide on October 11.

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Early coloured print of Melbourne under the hammer

15 February 2021

A very early coloured litho view of Melbourne formed part of an Australiana sale held by dealer and auctioneer Peter Arnold (18% buyer’s premium).

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Russell Drysdale record equalled at Melbourne sale

04 January 2021

An important work by Modern Australian artist Russell Drysdale (1912-81) equalled his auction record when it sold at Deutscher and Hackett (25% buyer’s premium).

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Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association's catalogue

14 December 2020

For those in the southern hemisphere, Christmas means summer, sun, flowers and exotic wildlife. In this year’s Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association (AAADA) Christmas Catalogue, dealer Josef Lebovic offers a group of 11 Antipodean Christmas cards from c.1883.

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Go nuts about fan leaf Down Under

23 November 2020

Twenty lots from a private Sydney collection will open the sale devoted to Chinese Paintings to be held by Bonhams on December 2 in Sydney.

‘Going to the Pictures, 1941’ by Russell Drysdale

Russell Drysdale outback scene heads to Australian auction

01 October 2020

One of the most important works by modern Australian artist Russell Drysdale (1912-81) has been consigned to auction by descendants of the well-known art critic Clive Turnbull.

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Brisbane priest's intaglio seal proves a cut above the rest at Bonhams

17 August 2020

The highlight of Bonhams Australia’s (27.5/25% buyer’s premium) latest Jewels sale was this agate intaglio seal from the collection of Brisbane Catholic priest Father Peter Grice (1943-2019).

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London bracelet surfaces in Sydney

17 August 2020

One of the highlights of Leonard Joel’s jewellery auction in Sydney on August 26 is this Art Deco platinum and diamond bracelet dated to c.1930 fashioned as an articulated line of geometric links of carré, baguette and circular cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 33cts.

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Phone bidders battle for white jade pendant plaques in Sydney

01 June 2020

The first sale held by Bonhams Australia (22% buyer’s premium) behind closed doors in Sydney was devoted to Asian art,

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Aussie art dealer looks back on UK influence

04 May 2020

The UK and Australia have a strong connection, highlighted by commemorations such as the recent Anzac Day (April 25) to remember Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in the First World War.

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Raise a tankard to online sales at Bonhams Australia

27 April 2020

Bonhams Australia is holding its first auction behind closed doors in Sydney on May 13 with bidding online and by phone.

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News in brief

23 December 2019

Sotheby’s has undergone a restructure following the purchase of the auction house by telecoms businessman Patrick Drahi earlier this year.

Leonard Joel centenary book

100 years of Australian auction history – Leonard Joel celebrates its centenary

14 October 2019

Australian auction house Leonard Joel is releasing a book and hosting an exhibition this month to mark its centenary this year.

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Down Under: Special report from the AAADA Sydney fair

09 September 2019

A pair of Wedgwood kangaroo figures brought to the recent AAADA Antiques & Art Fair Sydney by The Antique Guild proved appropriately attractive to buyers.

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