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By Terry Ingram on 12-Feb-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Another auction house is to become a property developer with Youngs placing its property in Melbourne's Hawthorn East for sale with Colliers with estimate of $4 million \ to $5 million, and a search underway for a property to replace it.
The single-storey building on a 445-square-metre block at 229 Camberwell Road a few doors from Camberwell Junction and the busy Burke Road shopping strip, will most probably make way for the suburb's next medium-density apartment building.
Martin Miller, who died on 24 December 2013, was a charismatic entrepreneur and bon vivant, and after co-founding the bestselling antiques price guides that bear his name (and made his fortune) went on to become a successful hotelier. Once described as “the Richard Branson of the antiques world”, Miller failed his 11-plus exams in childhood but developed a natural flair for business, spotting gaps in the market which took him into such diverse fields as publishing diaries, devising and marketing his own premium brand of gin, and running country hotels.
By Terry Ingram on 15-Dec-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Bonhams Australia is closing its decorative arts department following a stall in the market place which has lasted for more than its four years of direct operation in Australia and shows little sign of reversing.
The move also signals a change in direction for the global group of which it is part and which is now taking on the two major fine arts companies, Sotheby's and Christie's in a serious manner in Europe and the US.
By Richard Brewster on 28-Nov-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
An 18th century portrait of Lady Anne Montague (lot 243), daughter of the Earl of Manchester Robert Montague and wife of James the Earl of Suffolk, from the School of Sir Peter Lely will be a highlight when the contents of David and Judith Conroy’s home is auctioned on site at 21A Hill Street, Toorak from noon December 8.