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Mirka Moments

Category: Auctions

A month on from The Magical Studio of Mirka Mora, we look back on what was one of the most extraordinary auctions ever held at Leonard Joel, and one that we know will remain a favourite with all of us for many years to come. However, for Anna Grassham, curator of the auction, it was […]

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My Leonard Joel with Norman Rosenblatt

Category: Centenary

To celebrate our centenary, we’re stepping into the home of our clients, to find out why they buy at auction, and what it is they love about it. In the first of our Centenary Series, we interviewed art collector, Norman Rosenblatt. Watch out for the video coming soon! Can you remember your first visit to […]

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100 Years of Collecting

Category: Auctions

In our 100th year as an auction house, it excites me how diverse and adventurous our marketplace, for both buyers and sellers, has become. The preserve of formal furniture and decorative arts such as silver and porcelain, as well as the traditional notions of how a collection should be formed or an interior decorated, no […]

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The Australian Milk Bar

Category: Collectables

The Milk Bar is an instantly recognisable and distinctive feature of suburban Australia. As the place where most children spent their pocket money and had their first experience as an independent consumer, milk bars provided an oasis of bright lights, strong advertising imagery and – most importantly – lollies, Chiko Rolls and a copy of […]

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How to Extend the Life of Your Print

Category: Prints & Multiples

One of the most commonly asked questions from our buyers is ‘what is the best way to take care of my print?’ For the new collector, who wants to protect and preserve their new purchase, its an important question. Prints Specialist, Lucy Foster has compiled a few handy tips to help: FRAMING I always recommend […]

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Handbags | Day vs Night

Category: Luxury

It’s rare to find a bag that fulfils your every need. That’s why we all have so many, right? We’ve selected our favourite Day and Night bags from our upcoming auction: DAY A reliable, yet good-looking, all-purpose shoulder bag – it must be large enough to carry our everyday essentials (wallet, sunglasses, lipstick, phone, laptop […]

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The Collector’s Auction

Category: Auctions

We’re excited to be kicking off our Sydney calendar this year with The Collector’s Auction in March, which combines decorative arts and fine art. Leading the offering is a group of animal sculptures by national and international artists that provide compelling buying opportunities. Drawing on the 19th century animalier tradition of Antoine-Louis Barye, Zimbabwaen born […]

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Brett Whiteley & The Three-Dimensional Realm

Category: Fine Art

Following their return to Australia in the 1970s, Brett and Wendy Whiteley purchased Lavender Bay house – the artist’s own paradise. Brett took new inspiration from his living room window looking out upon the visual ecstasy of Lavender Bay, which not only culminated in his iconic 1974 exhibition at Australian Galleries, but also marked the […]

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A Star is Born – Star Sapphires

Category: Fine Jewels

Star Sapphires are a rare variety of sapphire that exhibit a magical star phenomenon known as asterism – the appearance of a pattern or group of stars – under specific lighting. The six-rayed star is most visible when the stone is tilted and rotated, and will appear to move across the rounded surface of a […]

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Polish and Provenance

Once upon a time, some years ago when I joined the Decorative Arts department at Leonard Joel, I was given the arduous task of polishing silverware in preparation for cataloguing. Up until that point tarnished silverware and I had not crossed paths and I will never forget how the muscles in my hands and forearms […]

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