One thing about auctioneering in Sydney, New South Wales: you never know who's in, who's out, who's hot, who's not - the market's always dynamic and new players are constantly throwing their hats into the ring, and exiting it seemingly just as fast. The big boys may stay the same - sort of - with changes in partnership, allegiance and formal name here and there - but just who's on top depends on the day and the offering.
This is somewhat reflected in regional activity. The market's pretty tight here and everybody gets to know everybody real fast. It's a good thing I'm in the habit of a) telling the truth and b) not talking trash about anyone, because it would be bound to get back to them.
But I digress. My point was that collectors have been noticing a marked improvement in the quality of pieces coming up at Tuckerbox Auctions. Now, it would be wrong to call them 'new'; no-nonsense shoot-from-the-hip auctioneer John Clark has been around for a good many years and has perhaps been thought of as a rung or two further down on the posh ladder than some of the others, in a nice, folksy, non-pejorative sort of way. Son Brad joined the game a few years back, and now son Grant is improving the tech side. Things are changing. Collectors would do well to watch out for what Tuckerbox call their 'special' sales, which often feature special collections and the estates of prominent country families.