Sporting Memorabilia

Leonard Joel has offered some of Australia’s most important Sporting Memorabilia at auction, from cricket to AFL, rugby, horse racing and Olympic memorabilia.

In 2017, Leonard Joel was proud to offer the personal collection of AFL legend Ron Barassi, which was acquired by a collector prior to auction for a record price in this category.

Most recently, Leonard Joel was entrusted with The Monty Noble Collection featuring the 1909 Ashes Urn, presented to Australia’s Cricket Captain, Noble, on his team’s victory over England. The urn sold for $80,600 to a private collector.

The auction also included a silver tray presented to the President of the Melbourne Cricket Club, Sir William Clarke by Captain Ivo Bligh in the very first ‘Ashes’ Test series of 1882-83 as well as The Murray Rose Collection, The Andrew Joseph Collection of Cricket Bats & Wisden Cricketers’ Almanacks and A Private Collection of Olympic Memorabilia.

Sporting Memorabilia Auction Highlights

The Ron Barassi Collection, sold prior to auction

Michael Diamond's Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games Gold Medal

Sold for $62,000

A rare 1909 silver Ashes urn

Sold for $80,600

Dennis Lillee's "Baggy Green" Australian test cap

Sold for $12,400
Sporting Memorabilia Specialists
Chiara Curcio

Head of Decorative Arts, Design & Interiors

Chiara joined Leonard Joel in 2011 with a keen interest in antiques and the auction market. After completing her Bachelor Degree with a focus in Theory of Art and Design, Archeology, History and languages, Chiara joined Leonard Joel as a junior objects assistant. Her eager interest in object and furniture design and their histories moved her from junior assistant, to manager and then Decorative Arts specialist within a four year period.

In 2017, Chiara was appointed Head of Decorative Arts; within her tenure, she has pioneered two dedicated Asian Art auctions in this category per year and further developed partnerships with local and international collectors and societies within this field.

In addition to valuing and curating specialty auctions, Chiara is also a Senior auctioneer, offering eight years of auctioneering experience.

Dominic Kavanagh

Objects & Collectables Manager

Our Departments

Leonard Joel offers specialist experience and regular, curated auctions across a diverse range of categories.

Important Collections

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


Founded over four decades ago, Leonard Joel’s Jewellery department leads the market in Australia with regular, curated auctions in Melbourne and Sydney.


Leonard Joel’s Art Department offers expertise and extensive market knowledge in traditional, modern, international and contemporary art.

Decorative arts

Leonard Joel presents fine European and Australian interiors in curated collections.

Asian Art

Featuring important Chinese jade, ceramics and textiles, Himalayan, Indian, Japanese and Korean works of art.

Modern Design

Modern Design is one of Leonard Joel’s most dynamic and increasingly popular collecting categories.


Unique to the Australian marketplace, Leonard Joel’s Luxury department offers vintage and contemporary handbags and accessories.


Leonard Joel provides unrivalled expertise in this eclectic collecting category.