Leonard Joel

Private Collections

Leonard Joel’s Private Collections Department provides tailored marketing and auction strategies for collections, estates and single category auctions.

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Over our almost 100 year history, Leonard Joel has been entrusted with some of the most interesting and important collections in Australia.

On 28 February Leonard Joel will present The Sonia Heitlinger Collection of Aboriginal Art. Sonia ran her own gallery and formed strong friendships with many of the artists she worked with, promoted and exhibited. This auction features 89 works of art from her collection, many of which she witnessed being created.

On 18 March, The Stock in Trade of Capocchi will be presented in situ at Capocchi in Armadale. We are delighted to offer over 750 items from this renowned and much-loved store, as well as a selection of pieces from the private collection of the Capocchi family. Many of the items will be offered without reserve.

We are also delighted to be offering The De Stoop Collection at auction on Tuesday 8 May, the contents of a private Melbourne residence, which features exceptional Australian works of art, decorative arts and furniture.

Some of the many Collections successfully sold at auction by Leonard Joel include The Grace Antique Galleries Collection (2010), The David Bromley Collection (2011 & 2012), The Graham Geddes Collection (2012 & 2015), The Ron Barassi Collection (2016),The Collections of Richard & Joan Crebbin, Michael Galloway and Belgiorno-Nettis, Sydney, The Kozminsky Collection (2017), The Thomas Vroom Collection (2017) and Opera Australia Costumes & Memorabilia (2017).

Most recently, Leonard Joel sold The Decorative Arts Collection of the late James Fairfax AC for $1.74 million (twice it’s pre-auction estimate), The Schlager Collection of Antique Jewellery and the 1909 Ashes Urn as part of The Monty Noble Collection of Cricketing Memorabilia.

Please contact us for advice or a confidential discussion on how we manage and market collections and estates at auction.

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Managing Director & National Head of Private Collections

John Albrecht

John Albrecht belongs to one of Melbourne’s retail dynasties. His father Kurt Albrecht owned and operated the oldest jewellery retailer in Australia, Kozminsky, and had conducted business with the Joel family for many decades.

Since founding the modern day jewellery department at Leonard Joel two decades ago and establishing Joel Fine Art for Leonard Joel in 2006, John and his team conducted major Australian and Aboriginal fine art auctions and delivered numerous Australian art auction records.

In 2009 after completing his MBA with a thesis on The Commoditisation of Australian Art and Recent Art Fund Activity, John returned to Leonard Joel as Managing Director and in 2011 completed a successful takeover of the company.

t 03 8825 5619
e john.albrecht@leonardjoel.com.au


Head of Private Collections, Sydney

Robert Williams

Robert’s love of Objets D’Art began whilst working for Kenneth Harvey Antiques and Rosebery’s Fine Art in London. During this time Robert has forged many contacts globally. In Australia, Robert’s vast auction experience has seen him consult for local auction houses then full time at Bonhams & Goodman and most recently Theodore Bruce, where he was a senior valuer. With over 15 years combined auction and antique industry experience Roberts knowledge covers a broad range of expertise, affording him the ability to appraise private collections and estates in their entirety.

Robert prides himself on nurturing real relationships with his clients and his belief that the client must be included throughout the auction process.

His most notable single owner endeavours include;
The Collection of Dr George Wilcox, The Siegfried & Diane Hearst Estate, The John Gale Collection at Huntly, The Estate of Vera Selgado, The Estate of John Van der Meulen, The Collection of Ross Fyfe Smith, The John Dowson Collection of Doulton & Worcester, Belgiorno Nettis, The Contents of 1 Amiens Road, The Michael Galloway Collection and most recently The James Fairfax AC Collection of Decorative Arts.

t 02 9362 9045 m 0403 142 106
e robert.williams@leonardjoel.com.au