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By John Perry in New Zealand on 19-Apr-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The major drawcard for me to travel to Wellington recently was the Tim Clemence Poster Collection of New Zealand & international vintage travel, theatrical and advertising ephemera, which were included in Day 2 of Dunbar Sloane's New Zealand & International Fine Art sale.
Over the years, the market for posters in Wellington has always been constant and strong. Many of New Zealand's finest graphic designers and commercial artists worked for the now defunct New Zealand Railway Studios, a Government Department that was based in Wellington from 1920 until it was closed down towards the end of last century, Posters produced by certain artists such as Marcus King and Leonard Mitchell are in high demand and often change hands at auction for many thousands.
By Richard Brewster on 20-Mar-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Being given responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the in house gramophone at his parent’s café at age 12 led to a lifetime obsession with the music player for 84-year-old Nick Raftopoulos. Other collectors will now be able to take advantage of Nick’s extensive collection when it goes under the hammer as part of Mossgreen’s last Quarterly Collectors Auction from 10am Monday March 21 at 926-930 High Street, Armadale.
By Terry Ingram on 23-Feb-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The Melbourne man who must have been the biggest supplier of collectables to local and overseas markets over nearly three quarters of a century died in his adopted city on January 9.
Max Stern was still going into his office in the Port Phillip Arcade when he became a nonagenerian and gave up playing soccer professionally – the oldest registered player in the southern hemisphere -not long before that. He died two weeks short of his 95 birthday for which the Australian Philatelic Traders Association was preparing a big party.
By Richard Brewster on 12-Feb-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The National Museum of Australia purchased the historically significant running singlet worn by 200-metre Australian silver medallist Peter Norman at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games for $48,800 (including buyer’s premium) – against a presale estimate of $2500 - $3000 – at Mossgreen’s Sporting Memorabilia auction on February 8.
By Richard Brewster on 09-Feb-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
The Stuart Devlin silver creations will be the highlight of Philips Auctions first decorative arts sale for 2016 when auctioneer Tony Philips climbs the podium at noon on Sunday February 14 at 47 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.
Eighty-four-year-old Geelong-born gold and silversmith Devlin is famous for winning the competition to design Australia’s decimal coinage and for his appointment in 1982 as goldsmith and jeweller to Queen Elizabeth II.
While his Easter egg and Christmas box creations are now collector items, he also is revered for designing the medals for the founding awards of the Order of Australia honours system in 1975 and the 2000 Sydney Olympics precious coins.
Devlin’s auction items include a silver potpourri and several silver cups and goblets.
By Richard Brewster on 07-Feb-2016 (Exclusive to the Antiques Reporter)
Demand for sporting memorabilia is stronger than ever – particularly for early items, documents and photographs where the sporting greats have retired or died – and Mossgreen’s first auction of this type for 2016 is a great example.
To be held from 10am Monday February 8 at 926-930 High Street Armadale, the auction features the Australian baggy green Test caps from two former Australian captains – one belonging to the late Richie Benaud from his last Test series in 1963-64 against South Africa and the other to Ian Chappell from the 1973-74 series against New Zealand.