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By Terry Ingram on 21-Nov-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Number 149 was a lucky number for Mr Robert Bleakley, founding CEO of the first Sotheby's International branch in Australia , at Mossgreen in Melbourne this week. The Chinese buyer holding that number bought most of the top lots including those consigned by Mr Bleakley, the now Byron based beekeeper with a fascination for Buddhism.
By Terry Ingram on 13-Nov-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
A lavishly decorated Japanese hand scroll sold for $74,000 plus buyers premium or more than 10 times its top estimate at Vickers and Hoad Auctioneers in Sydney on November 11. Sold to a telephone bidder against competition from one of the several locally based Japanese players in the room, the interest suggests there is life yet in the faded Japanese antiquities market although the scroll was also important as a piece of Buddhist art which sometimes has a following of its own.
If anyone has the credentials for collecting maritime memorabilia it must be Desmond Adcock, writes James Cockington in the Sydney Morning Herald. He's a professional fisherman, now semi-retired, based in Redcliffe, Brisbane. He's spent a lifetime gathering crabs from the shallow waters of Moreton Bay. His vast collection of scrimshaw, whalebone objects, paintings of ships and naval weapons sold at Mossgreen auctions in Melbourne on October 29.
ABC Online reports that the National Museum of Australia has emerged as the mystery bidder that paid $38,000 for a pair of shears once owned by shearing great Jackie Howe. In a fiercely contested bidding process at Sotheby's in Melbourne the estimated value of between $15,000 and $25,000 was dramatically exceeded.
Very rare antique mid 19th century pull repeat desk clock attrib… to be offered by Vickers & Hoad Auctioneers Sydney 14/12/2013, Lot No. 1, Est: $10,000—15,000