Doctor’s 70-year art collection going under the hammer for $6m


When gynaecologist and obstetrician Peter Elliott died last year he left a collection of art and antiques that is set to be the biggest single-owner art sale of the year. 
Elliott’s trove of remarkable tribal carvings, Chinese ceramics and paintings by William Robinson, Fred Williams, John Brack and Brett Whiteley will be auctioned in Sydney over three days from August 30, with expectations that it will raise more than $6 million, writes Michaela Boland in The Australian.

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Does Hermes appeal? 13 May 2015

Pre-owned luxury items featuring creations by Hermes, Pucci, Etro, Lulu Guiness, Burberry and many other designers will be auctioned from Thursday May 14 by Leonard Joel at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra.

Unique black and white photos taken in 1964 of the Beatles appearing the Ed Sullivan Show, on their way by train to a Washington performance and arriving in Adelaide are among an unusual collection of entertainment memorabilia auction from noon Thursday May 7.


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Philips Auctions continues trend with quality jewellery.

By Richard Brewster on 22-Jun-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Philips Auctions continual ability to attract quality jewellery items has resulted in another strong offering at its forthcoming sale from 6pm Monday June 22 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.

While catalogue estimates range from a few hundred dollars to many thousands, resident gemmologist Tanya Philips has once again ensured auction goers will not be disappointed – no matter what their favoured price range.

Multi-function Krimper sideboard in Melbourne auction.

By Richard Brewster on 19-Jun-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A Schulim Krimper sideboard (containing a radio, record player and speaker) will be offered at Philips Auctions forthcoming sale from noon on Sunday June 21, sparking renewed interest in designer furniture of the 1950s and 1960s as many young unit dwellers search for well crafted items with simple but elegant lines to match their modern apartments.

Historic gilt lined snuff box to be offered by Gowans, Hobart.

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

A sterling silver table snuffbox, linked to an unfortunate tragedy, is bound to intrigue both history buffs and auction goers when Gowans Auctions holds its forthcoming special sale from 10am on Saturday June 20 at 37 Main Road, Moonah in Hobart, Tasmania.

Featuring one of the first specimens of silver gilt lining in the Tasmanian colony, the box was made by former convict turned silversmith and medallist in Hobart, Charles Jones, and presented by William Gore Elliston to John Mezger during a special dinner at Mezger’s Hotel in August 1848.

Collectable industrial models and scientific instruments lead Leonard Joel sale.

By Richard Brewster on 28-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A single owner collection of industrial models and scientific instruments – part of Leonard Joel’s May Classic Furniture and Objects auction – signals an emerging category within the auction world.

With the auction to be held from 11am Saturday May 30 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra, the single owner collection is a reflection of mankind’s industrial and social past.

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