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By Terry Ingram on 23-Apr-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The rationale for the recent purchase by “associates” of Charles Leski of Sotheby's old rooms in Melbourne's Armadale has become clearer with the disclosure that Leski and Paul Sumner of Mossgreen Auctions are to become Australia's third largest auction house and will merge their operations and base them there, writes Terry Ingram.
By Brewster, Richard on 18-Apr-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Having two grandfathers who are respected antique dealers and silversmiths is bound to influence any young boy in his collecting habits. Growing up in Worthing, England Graham Chismon was no exception. Although he studied accountancy and later practised at Monsanto in Melbourne, Mr Chismon’s passion for collecting continued to burn – particularly so after 1990 when his family had grown up.
The warm heart of the man from Icicle. Australia's biggest antique collector leaves $70 million bequest
By Terry Ingram on 10-Apr-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
For well over a decade David Roche, who died in Adelaide on March 27 at the age of 83, was by far Australia's biggest collector of antiques, writes Terry Ingram. On at least 50 overseas trips, many also coinciding with the dog competitions he judged, Roche purchased 18th and early 19th century decorative arts with an estimated value of over $70 million. These have been channelled into the David Roche Foundation, which he established in 1999 and which will be housed and a substantial part on public view at a property in Melbourne Street, North Adelaide.
By Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios on 15-Mar-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
In the world of sports memorabilia and philatelic auctions, Charles Leski is a towering presence. But it is a niche marketplace. Conducting business in this specialised field does not require foot-traffic and a prominent street frontage; the company’s headquarters in the Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn East seemed to fit the bill nicely.
18ct yellow gold solitaire diamond ring- the diamond 4.16 carats to be offered by Small & Whitfield Auctions and Valuations Adelaide 27/05/2013, Lot No. 220, Est: $14,000—18,000
Finely carved Chinese ivory fan housed in wooden case sold by Leonard Joel Pty. Ltd. Melbourne 23/05/2013, Lot No. 1285, Price: $1,080