The Caressa Crouch and Carl Gonsalves Collection of Australiana sold for $1.07 million or more than three times expectations at Mossgreen's rooms in Melbourne on February 22. Highest price was for an important early colonial cedar sideboard sold to a phone bidder for $122,000 including buyers premium against estimates of $20,000 to $30,000. A whalebone.chair (above) realised $34,160, more than three times the estimate of $10,000 to $15,000 but less than the $84,000 paid for it at Bonhams & Goodman in 2008.

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Mossgreen buys $3.5 million turnover booster

By Terry Ingram on 11-Dec-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

Giving a further useful buffer to its core decorative and fine arts exhibiting and auction business, Mossgreen Auctions will add about $3.5 million a year to its turnover if current trading levels from the newly acquired Prestige Philately are sustained.

Stamps and associated business would then account for more than 10 per cent of group operations at more than $30 million, writes Terry Ingram

Rhino horns withdrawn from sale at Lawson's auction house


A Sydney auction house has withdrawn black rhinoceros horns from a sale scheduled for this Friday, less than an hour after animal conservationists launched a social media campaign demanding the items be removed. But Humane Society International (HSI) said despite the quick win on Tuesday, it will keep campaigning to see two pairs of elephant tusks also be taken off the auction list at Lawsons, based in Leichhardt.

'Destiny' gold nugget fetches $292k under the hammer after being found near Ballarat


A gold nugget found near Ballarat and weighing more than 3.5 kilograms has been sold for $292,800 at auction in Melbourne. Three men came across it at an undisclosed location near the Victorian town when they were prospecting along the side of the road in 2012. The Destiny nugget - named as such because the trio believed it was their destiny to find it - is the size of two fists and weighs 3.663kg.

Nice little urner: The plant pot valued on Antiques Roadshow at £10,000 - which went on to sell for £668,000!


It was a wedding gift that for years was commandeered as a goalpost by his children – so Terry Nurrish was stunned when this ornament was valued at £10,000 on the Antiques Roadshow in 1991. But the retired farmer decided to keep hold of the antique for a just little longer... and it turned out to be a wise decision. It has now sold at auction for a staggering £668,000, the most expensive sale price of any item valued on the long-running show.


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