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By Terry Ingram on 23-Feb-2014 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Mr Julian Sterling's last collection - of Commonwealth stamps - faces an uphill battle after a decade of saturation at the top end of the market. The deceased Melbourne art and antique dealer ran out of time to complete it.
But a new generation of mostly men in their 50s are turning to philately and rare stamps are becoming a hot collectable. This is despite the decline in traditional mail in favour of the Internet and the over- supply of new issues.
This year a legendary magenta South American stamp is expected to make millions of dollars and the world's finest collection of Tasmanian stamps also listed to go under the hammer in Switzerland.
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.