A 1960 self-portrait of Australian artist Ernest Buckmaster has been discovered as the backing for another of his paintings earmarked for auction at E.J. Ainger’s two-day special sale from 11am Saturday May 21 and Sunday May 22 at 433 Bridge Road, Richmond. Discovered by the restorer who was busy cleaning the auction painting for Aingers, a seascape of Mentone – where Buckmaster lived during the 1930s and 1940s.

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Early Melbourne steeplechase trophy from 1853 to be offered by Leonard Joel

By Richard Brewster on 13-May-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The 1853 “First Hunt Steeplechase Trophy” – offered for auction for the first time in 163 years – is a major highlight of Leonard Joel’s Asian Art, Classic Furniture & Objects auction from noon Sunday May 15 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

The grass is greener on the other side of the Tasman.

By John Perry in New Zealand on 19-Apr-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

With the recent takeover of Webb's auction house established in Auckland in 1976, by Melbourne based Mossgreen Auctions, a new chapter for the business is about to be written.

Like all businesses Webb's has had its ups and downs and most people in New Zealand see the recent sale to Mossgreen as a rescue package for the business

Vintage posters fly out the door......

By John Perry in New Zealand on 19-Apr-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The major drawcard for me to travel to Wellington recently was the Tim Clemence Poster Collection of New Zealand & international vintage travel, theatrical and advertising ephemera, which were included in Day 2 of Dunbar Sloane's New Zealand & International Fine Art sale.

Over the years, the market for posters in Wellington has always been constant and strong. Many of New Zealand's finest graphic designers and commercial artists worked for the now defunct New Zealand Railway Studios, a Government Department that was based in Wellington from 1920 until it was closed down towards the end of last century, Posters produced by certain artists such as Marcus King and Leonard Mitchell are in high demand and often change hands at auction for many thousands.

Max Stern – a dealer stamped with a genial countenance

By Terry Ingram on 23-Feb-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The Melbourne man who must have been the biggest supplier of collectables to local and overseas markets over nearly three quarters of a century died in his adopted city on January 9.

Max Stern was still going into his office in the Port Phillip Arcade when he became a nonagenerian and gave up playing soccer professionally – the oldest registered player in the southern hemisphere -not long before that. He died two weeks short of his 95 birthday for which the Australian Philatelic Traders Association was preparing a big party.

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