Toorak house auction smashes pre-sale estimates

Furniture and Objects from the Estate of Ron Walker AC CBE beat all our predictions with a 100% sale rate and $524,062 IBP realised against a presale estimate of $93,000.

The first question we always receive after such auctions is about the extraordinary prices relative to our original estimates. This is the magic of an authentic house auction when history and collecting, and identity and emotion intersect.

Ron Walker was an extraordinary Melbourne and Australian identity, and I am not at all surprised that so many collectors from around the country, and indeed the world, wanted a memory from this collection.

It was both an honour to be entrusted with the dispersal of this collection and a delight dealing with the Walker family throughout this process who, critically, entrusted us to price the collection conservatively with the knowledge that this strategy always generates an optimal result.

All credit to the Decorative Arts team for delivering such a stunning result for our clients.

John Albrecht, Head of Important Collections

An antique walnut-cased Blüthner salon grand piano | Sold for $52,500 IBP


A pair of English decorated flintlock pistols | Sold for $20,000 IBP


A large Victorian mahogany extending dining table | Sold for $12,500 IBP


Jacques COQUILLAY (b. 1935), ‘Le Ruban’ | Sold for $16,250 IBP

December 2023