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By Terry Ingram on 16-May-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
One of the most understated sales promotions of the year is for the collection put together by one of Australia's most flamboyant collectors.
The private collection of antiques and decorative arts being sold by Mossgreen Auctions in its rooms in Melbourne on Monday 20th May belonged to the late Mr Emmanuel Margolin, writes our corrospondent, Terry Ingram.
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.
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.
By Meaghan Wilson-Anastasios on 13-Mar-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Any suspicion that Bonhams Australia was keeping the doors open to spite Tim Goodman after his much-publicised switch of allegiance to the Sotheby’s brand in 2009 has been put firmly to rest by the company’s latest moves.
A rare piece of Australian history has gone under the hammer, netting a small but tidy profit for its seller. A pistol belonging to Captain James Cook, handed down through the family for many generations, was sold at auction in Melbourne on Thursday, for almost $220,000. Formula 1 chairman Ron Walker put the 50 centimetre weapon, made in the early 18th century, up for sale after buying it in 2003 at a Cook family auction in Scotland.
Nearly 250 years after British explorer Captain James Cook landed in Australia, his pistol is set to be auctioned in Melbourne. The Melbourne auction house Leski Auctions on Thursday announced it would offer the Endeavour commander's Continental Flintlock holster pistol for auction next month. Charles Leski said the pistol, which is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000, provided a "tangible link" to the man who landed in Sydney in April 1770.
A n 18th-century Chinese vase whose buyer reneged on the £43m bid for the work at auction has been sold by auction house Bonhams for a price believed to be between £20m and £25m.
By Terry Ingram on 17-Jan-2013 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
One of Sydney's most popular and best sited B & B's, a National Trust listed property, yielded up its treasures when a local saleroom fossicker of 40 years sold up its contents to spend half of every year in the south of France.
In one of the first house sales of the year, held by Lugosi Auctioneers on site at the 1890 terrace on January 13, the sleepers with backpacks have long since gone and three of a different kind of sleepers emerged.