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Easter Trading Hours

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A Defining Moment: The 22nd Report

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Before this realisation, we were aware of CITES (the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species) and like every other auctioneer in the country and indeed, globally, we often sought formal approval for both the sale and potential exportation of ivory and horn. We assumed, wrongly, that CITES protected the elephant and rhinoceros species […]

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Real vs Replica

Category: Modern Design

One of my favourite Japanese words is ‘Shibui’. Shared with me by a scholar of design history, it is similar to ‘patina’, a more widely used reference for the softening to the surface of an object over time and natural age. ‘Shibui’ describes the ‘life’ behind the quality of any experience, a sense of evolving […]

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The Fine Art of Dining

Category: Decorative Arts

The fine art of dining refers to the overall dining experience as much as it does to the tableware genre and associated decor. As Hyacinth preaches from one episode to the next, providing one’s guests with a memorable dining experience is indeed an art form, and some fans of the program might even declare her […]

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The Rituals of an Auctioneer

Category: Auctions

On the morning of a major auction, I ensure I take an hour for exercise and more often than not that will mean a fast walk with my walking partner and beloved family dog, Buddy. This helps me to focus and I find, always gives me extra energy throughout the day. During the day, I […]

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The Magical Studio of Mirka Mora

Category: Private Collections

I joked with William Mora that the walkways worked like a mystery maze, weaving through her apartment-studio, and were so tight that it would make it almost impossible for her to fall. William agreed, with his trademark smile. And this was the way that Mirka loved to live and create. Inspiration was everywhere, and where […]

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What’s Your Leonard Joel Story?

Category: Centenary

Leonard Joel turns 100 this year, and to celebrate, we are inviting you to share your Leonard Joel story with us. Do you have a collection acquired over many years? Or a rare, unusual or beautiful item you discovered or a treasure sold at auction? The top 10 stories will feature in LEONARD this year […]

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One Year On

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At about this time one year ago “the penny dropped” for me as an auctioneer and I could no longer deny that auctioneers who dealt in ivory were not significantly contributing to maintaining value in this material and consequently, the ongoing slaughter of endangered species.  

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1909 Ashes Urn sells for $80,600 at Leonard Joel

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The 1909 Ashes Urn which was presented to Australia’s Cricket Captain Monty Noble on his team’s victory over England, sold for $80,600 at Leonard Joel today. Max Williamson, Head of Sporting Memorabilia at Leonard Joel said, ‘The Ashes Urn is the pinnacle for any Cricketing Memorabilia collector and this particular urn, being one of only […]

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The James Fairfax Collection of Decorative Arts sells for $1.74 million

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