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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Japanese ivories surpass estimates at Philips Auctions

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

A collection of Japanese ivory figures proved extremely popular with collectors and sold for four to five times its estimates at Philips Auctions latest sale on May 17.

The collection belonged to the late Bonnie Knight, who had been collecting artefacts and jewellery since she was a teenager and viewed netsukes as her favourite items.

Nugget should bring a fair dinkum good price

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

Autograph signatures of every Australian Prime Minister since Sir Edmund Barton will be auctioned from 2pm Tuesday May 19 by Mossgreen at 926-930 High Street, Armadale as part of its Australian & Colonial Antique & Historical sale.

While most of the signatures carry catalogue estimates of several hundreds of dollars, that of the third Prime Minister Chris Watson (1867-1941) is estimated at $10,000-$12,000.

Yellow sapphire pendant sells for $122,000 at Sotheby's Jewels sale in Melbourne

By Richard Brewster on 15-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

The rare Willows 35.73-carat yellow sapphire pendant – the largest ever offered at an Australian auction – sold for a staggering $122,000 in Melbourne on May 12 through Sotheby’s Australia.

Chairman Geoffrey Smith said the yellow sapphire was exceptional and achieved $3414 a carat. 

Suitcase of surprises

By Richard Brewster on 13-May-2015 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)

A major collection of estate jewellery recently turned up in a suitcase, much to the surprise of resident Philips Auctions gemmologist Tanya Philips.

Within the suitcase were almost 400 pieces – each kept in a box or pouch and many accompanied by original receipts or handwritten notations of purchase date, location and history.

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A rare Chinese Imperial semi-formal Chestnut brown nine-dragon (… to be offered by Leonard Joel Pty. Ltd. Melbourne 30/05/2015, Lot No. 148, Est: $40,000—90,000

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Satsuma vase of outstanding quality with two finely painted pane… sold by Lawsons Sydney 28/05/2015, Lot No. 97, Price: $5,215
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