Leonard Joel’s April Modern Design auction features an international collection with designer pieces never before offered on the Australian auction market. A highlight of the sale on Thursday 23 April include the Saruyama Sofa designed by Toshiyuki Kita in 1989 and manufactured by Italian company Moroso, and estimated at $10,000 - $15,000.

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Mossgreen to sell boxing trophy presented to Peter 'Black Prince' Jackson

By Richard Brewster on 17-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The 1888 Coloured Champion of the World Boxing trophy – a Victorian sterling silver two-handled embossed trophy cup – will be auctioned from 10am Thursday April 23 by Mossgreen as part of its sporting memorabilia sale at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

The cup is engraved with the words “Presented to Peter Jackson, Coloured, Champion Boxer of the World, at the Alhambra, Brighton, Eng, Monday Decr 2nd 1889, By a Few Admirers of His Sterling Qualities”.

Postage stamp sized views of Sydney coming up at Mossgreen

By Richard Brewster on 15-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Stamp and postal history collectors will no doubt wait with mouth-watering anticipation for Mossgreen’s forthcoming Stamps and Postal History of New South Wales auction from 6pm Monday April 20 at Martyn Cook Galleries 98 Barcom Avenue, Rushcutters Bay in Sydney.

Writing in the catalogue introduction, Mossgreen specialist Gary Watson claims the 100 lots of Sydney Views stamps are among the highest quality selections ever offered at auction.

In the face of a national downturn the "Roo" refuses to blink.

By Terry Ingram on 14-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The Australian dollar may have slipped together with the price of iron ore and national economic prospects. But the quintessential symbol of Australia - the kangaroo is holding tight.

The kangaroo is a pest no more or not at least as far as the saleroom and art circuit are concerned.

At sales or viewings in as oddly diverse locations such as Sydney (an auction house); Hong Kong (an art fair) and Surrey (a golf club) fine and decorative art featuring kangaroos has enjoyed keen responses – two silver examples leading the fray.

Another Melba farewell - choice objects move in towards the city

By Terry Ingram on 02-Apr-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Against frenetic bidding at a Sotheby's Australia auction in Melbourne's Grand Hyatt Hotel on March 31, Museum Victoria outbid private buyers to secure choice lots from a selection of objects that had been collected by the opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, which given the strength of the local and global bidding in the room could have gone to overseas buyers.

With the help of the Australian Government Cultural Heritage Account the museum purchased seven lots.

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A Moorcroft Jerusalem design limited edition vase. Number 1/50.… to be offered by E. J. Ainger Pty. Ltd. Melbourne 2/05/2015, Lot No. 200, Est: $20,000—30,000

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Muhammad Ali, signature on pair of 'Everlast' boxing shorts.… sold by Mossgreen Auctions Melbourne 23/04/2015, Lot No. 25, Price: $29,280
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