Included in Dunbar Sloane's artefact auction held in Auckland on 19 October were 420 lots of tribal art and taxidermy from the African continent, South America and Oceania including of course New Zealand. A highlight of the sale was an excellent whalebone kotiate (handclub) (above) which sold well at $7,400 in the middle range of the estimate of $5,000-10,000.

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Antiques from prominent Melbourne families feature in two-day Ainger's Special Sale.

By Richard Brewster on 17-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A magnificent collection of antiques that belonged to Toorak couple the late Bruce Reid and his late wife Joy Gertrude Beattie is the highlight of E.J. Ainger’s special two-day sale from 11am on both Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond.

Bruce’s great-grandfather William Reid, a prominent banking and racing identity of the early 20th century, started the collection, which has been cherished and handed down through several generations.

Likewise, the inaugural head of the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology (established in 1908), H.A. Hunt, left part of his collection to his granddaughter Joy.

Her father also was a keen appreciator of fine arts and lived only a few doors away from their home in Power Avenue, Toorak.

According to Aingers, the collection of Victorian furniture is one of the finest it has ever offered at auction.

Mossgreen Australian History auction continues on October 17.

By Richard Brewster on 14-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Maritime items, folk art, Aboriginal and tribal artefacts and artworks, pottery, books and historical documents, silver, convict memorabilia and antique furniture comprise part two of Mossgreen’s Australian History auction from 10am Monday October 17 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.

Some of the more interesting items include a circa 1905 naval commander’s dress uniform with Queen Victoria buttons once belonging to T.E.J. Bigg and a 61-centimtere long William Ricketts (1898-1993) pottery coolamon with applied kangaroos and an Aboriginal tribal elder.

Harpoon hits home in Hobart

By Terry Ingram on 11-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

While outside, the weather was extremely blustery - even for Hobart on a winter’s day - Mossgreen’s auctioneers enjoyed relatively smooth sailing inside the Henry Jones IXL Art Hotel when the David and Leslie Frost collection was offered for sale there on October 9.

Only 50 of the 374 lots in the auction went unsold and the sale grossed a comfortably-over-estimate $491,000 including buyers premium.

Whale of an Australiana sale in Hobart

By Richard Brewster on 05-Oct-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The most significant Tasmanian collection to hit the Australian auction market in living memory will be sold from noon Sunday October 9 by Mossgreen at the Henry Jones Art Hotel, 25 Hunter Street, Hobart.

The collection, comprising Tasmanian colonial furniture, maritime objects and antiques, belongs to David and Leslie Frost and has attracted enormous national and international attention.

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