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Ararat Antiques Fair

Fine pair of very large vases
Blue Children Series by Royal Doulton
October 1924
51cm (20 inches) H
Victorian Oak
Wind-out table
The inaugural Ararat Antiques Fair has opened.

It's being produced by the same company that host the long-running and now famous Ballarat Antiques Fair.

This year, Ros and John inaugurated the Ballarat Spring Antiques and Vintage Fair, to mixed reviews, and, following a request by the organisers of the Ararat Festival, they've opened the Ararat Antiques Fair.

Preliminary report is that there are around 20 dealers with good quality.

Stay tuned for my article on the antiques fair scene in Australia in general.

'The Scream' on exhibit at the MoMA

Der Schrei der Natur - Edvard Munch
Photo via Wikipedia

If you are or you will be in New York over the next few months, you should seriously consider getting over to the Museum of Modern Art.

A visit to the MoMA is always a worthwhile endeavour, but beginning on Wednesday 24th October, Edvard Munch's artwork, or at least one of the four versions of the artwork, a pastel-on-board version which is the only one held privately, will be exhibited.

You may recall the hoopla attending its auction by Sotheby's last May, resulting in its becoming the most expensive painting ever sold at auction.

Well, love it, hate it, or can't believe that someone spent that kind of @#$!* money for it, there's no escaping the hype, or its iconic popular status.

There's so much available about the drawing on the 'Net already that I don't have to repeat the particulars. I'll just urge you to hie your rusty dusty over to the museum and make up your own mind about the work.

Lastly, I'd like to commend the buyer for his generous gesture in making the painting available for public viewing for the next six months. No one knows for sure who the 'anonymous' buyer is (though it's widely believed to be New York financier Leon Black, whose staff politely respond 'no comment'). Whatever. My compliments to you.

New Internet Bidding Platform for Tallong Auctions

Tallong Auctions' next sale is 7th October 2012 at 11am AEST


For those who can't attend in person, there are two live Internet bidding options:
Jan Mclean doll

Easy Live Auctions

Live Auctioneers

International Times:

Sydney              Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 11:00:00 AM
New York          Saturday, 6 October 2012 at 8:00:00 PM
London              Sunday, 7 October 2012 at 1:00:00 AM
GMT                 Midnight between Saturday, 6 October 2012
                          and Sunday, 7 October 2012

To include:

Royal Doulton 'Black Cricketer' Plate
  • A fine selection of collectable dolls
  • Rare Royal Doulton items
  • Australian & European Furniture: Charles II, Victorian, Deco and Retro
  • European, American & Australian porcelain and glass
  • Art
  • Silver
  • Jewellery
  • and general household goods
Antique Sterling Silver Christening Spoon


Viewing: Sat 6th 10 am - 5pm and Sun morning of sale from 9am – 10:45am