Mossgreen in Melbourne

BDO report hits out at Mossgreen management

30 April 2018

The administrator BDO’s report into the collapse of Mossgreen has recommended that the Australian auction house’s former management be investigated by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) over possible criminal activities.


Mossgreen consignors free to collect goods without facing charges from administrator BDO

25 April 2018

The administrator to collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen has lost a court case over fees which means goods can be returned to their rightful owners without fees being due.


John Schaeffer sale in Sydney

23 April 2018

When John Schaeffer visited the pre-Raphaelite exhibition at the Tate Gallery in 1984 it changed the course of his art enthusiasm.


Administrators ‘wrong to charge Mossgreen consignors for returns’

16 April 2018

Consignors to collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen will not have to pay fees to have items returned, a Sydney court has ruled.

A Corner of a Marketplace

Sotheby’s offers Schaeffer collection in Sydney auction

13 April 2018

Sotheby’s Australia will auction what it calls “the most significant collection of historical international art” offered in the country later this month.


Court orders Mossgreen to return lots to owners

09 April 2018

The administrator of collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen has been ordered to return thousands of lots after Federal Court ruled it did not have the right to charge clients fees to collect their own goods.


Russell Crowe’s exuberant divorce auction led by Australian art and film memorabilia

09 April 2018

Australian art starred at Russell Crowe’s ‘divorce auction’, which took place with much fanfare and festivity at Sotheby’s Australia on Saturday.


Auctioneer Richard Madley to represent Sydney firm as UK agent

09 April 2018

Richard Madley, a former director of Dreweatts, has been appointed UK agent for Sydney firm Shapiro Auctioneers, to source objects with an Australian background or provenance to be sold Down Under.

Mossgreen auction

Mossgreen consignors to appear at court hearing in Sydney over collection fees

23 March 2018

A large number of Mossgreen consignors are rapidly preparing their case to challenge the collection fees being charged by the administrators of the collapsed Australian auction house.


Webb’s survives Mossgreen debacle

19 March 2018

Two businessmen from Auckland have rescued New Zealand auction house Webb’s from administration after the collapse of parent company Mossgreen.


Mossgreen vendors baulk at ‘unfair’ fees

05 March 2018

Clients of the collapsed Australian auction house Mossgreen are preparing to challenge the fees being demanded by firm’s administrators to collect their own goods.

Russell Crowe

Actor Russell Crowe sells film memorabilia and more in ‘divorce’ auction at Sotheby’s Australia

27 February 2018

Australian art, film memorabilia and jewellery all feature at Sotheby’s Australia’s auction of Russell Crowe’s collection candidly titled The Art of Divorce.

Lalique glass Oran vase

Auction exhibits colour range of Lalique glass as Mueller collection heads to Sotheby’s Australia

09 February 2018

More than 130 pieces of Art Deco glass by the famous French manufacturer René Lalique are coming up for auction at Sotheby’s Australia in Sydney next month.

Mossgreen auction

Australian association insists on client accounts following collapse of Mossgreen

29 January 2018

The Australian professional auctioneering body has called for all auctioneers to introduce client accounts – known as trust accounts in Australia – to avoid a repeat of the grim situation at failed firm Mossgreen.


Mossgreen boss ‘devastated’ by firm’s closure

22 January 2018

Paul Sumner’s hopes of a restructure of Australian saleroom Mossgreen melted away last week after his proposed investment plan failed and the administrator began winding down the business.


Australia’s Mossgreen auction house and art gallery to close if buyer cannot be found

17 January 2018

Australian auction house Mossgreen is to be wound down by administrators after joint founder Paul Sumner was unable to restructure the firm.


Mossgreen fights to survive with debts of Aus$12m

08 January 2018

Around 400 people and businesses are owed money by Australian auction house and gallery firm Mossgreen after it went into administration in December.


Mossgreen to restructure after going into administration

02 January 2018

Australian auction house Mossgreen is in administration and a creditors’ meeting will be held this week.

Silver tray

Silver tray that marked the very first ‘Ashes’ test series is to be auctioned in Melbourne

27 November 2017

Timed to coincide with the start of the 70th Ashes series, a silver presentation tray marking the very first ‘Ashes’ test series in 1882-83 will be offered at auction by Leonard Joel in Melbourne on December 7.


Time to join the singles club

13 November 2017

As auction houses expand their specialist sales programmes, separate departments can also develop if the volume of business is worth it. Not many have a dedicated single-owner department, however.



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