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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chinese scroll sets Australian auction record for Asian art at Bonhams

27 October 2017

A rare Chinese scroll by artist Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) has made an auction record for Bonhams in Australia.

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Story of an uprising Down Under

11 September 2017

Eureka Stockade has been dubbed as the only ‘battle’ to have taken place in Australia but was in reality little more than a skirmish in global terms. However, the 1854 uprising that cost nearly 30 lives is now recognised as a seminal political event in colonial history and one that marked the birth of democracy in Australia.

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Bidding leaps for Aus$70,000 kangeroo salts

11 September 2017

A set of four Victorian kangaroos salts made by silversmiths Hunt & Roskell sold for Aus$70,000 (£42,000) as part of the Fairfax collection at Leonard Joel in Sydney on August 31-September 2.

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Novelty silver kangaroos help Fairfax auction jump to $1.74m at Leonard Joel

04 September 2017

Antiques owned by the late businessman James Fairfax caught the eye of buyers with a set of four Victorian novelty kangaroo salts among the highlights at the auction in Sydney.

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BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ team discover lost work by Australian artist Tom Roberts

04 September 2017

An early painting by UK-born Australian artist Thomas William Roberts (1856-1931), was authenticated on the BBC’s ‘Fake or Fortune?’ after being lost for more than 130 years.

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Australian sales bring the roos of the world

21 August 2017

It may be pretty quiet on the auction front in Europe but Down Under the saleroom and fairs scene is in full swing.

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Australian media magnate’s art and antiques collection heads to auction in Sydney

15 August 2017

Art and antiques owned by the late businessman James Fairfax will be offered at auction next month.

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New world record price achieved for Australian artist at auction

26 June 2017

A painting by UK-born Australian artist Sir Russell Drysdale (1912-1981) has fetched AUD$2.97m when it was sold by Mossgreen in Adelaide on Sunday 25 June. The price is the fifth highest at auction for any Australian artwork.

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Bonhams promotes Merryn Schriever to lead Australia after chairman departs

23 June 2017

Bonhams has promoted Merryn Schriever to become the company’s director in Australia, following the departure of chairman Mark Fraser.

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Early views of Australia emerge at auction

21 June 2017

A lifelong interesting in collecting can be sparked off by so many different things. For Australian Denis Joachim it was a purchase in a second-hand bookshop when he was just 18 years old.

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