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Leski Auctions
The Blythman Collection - 233 lots

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The Blythman Collection


  • Auction House:
  • Reference:
    #A434
  • Description:
    On the 20th September, we received the following advice from Leski Auctions:

    Earlier today, after receiving advice from Aboriginal Victoria, we had no option but to withdraw all of the lots listed for sale in this Sunday’s auction of the Blythman Collection.

    We took this decision in consultation with the vendor and Aboriginal Victoria, an office within the Department of the Premier & Cabinet of the Victorian Government.

    After an inspection of the 232 lots that were being offered, officers from Aboriginal Victoria identified 112 that they deemed to be sacred or secret and could not be offered for sale. Not all of the items were from Victoria, a fact acknowledged by Aboriginal Victoria.

    We were further advised that under the Act [2007] Leski Auctions, on behalf of the vendor, would need to apply for permits to sell the remaining items. While this will take some time it also enables us to seek clarity over the status of the collection as a whole.

    The issue of ownership of Indigenous art and artefacts has long been a matter of contention in Australia. The policy of Leski Auctions is to encourage dialogue between vendors and Indigenous Australians, to ensure a respectful relationship is maintained.

    We realise that this decision may cause inconvenience for people who have expressed interest in the auction or have already submitted bids, or who may have planned to attend, and for that we apologise.

    We appreciate your understanding and will continue to keep you updated as information becomes available.

    Leski Auctions

    This auction had been scheduled to be held on 23rd September 2018 at 2pm (AEST).
  • Sale(s):
    23 Sep 2018 ~ 2pm (AEST)
    727-729 High Street
    Armadale, VIC 3143 Australia
  • Viewing:
    20 Sep 2018 ~ 10am - 5pm
    727-729 High Street
    Armadale, VIC 3143
    Australia

    21 Sep 2018 ~ 10am - 5pm
    727-729 High Street
    Armadale, VIC 3143
    Australia

    22 Sep 2018 ~ 10am - 5pm
    727-729 High Street
    Armadale, VIC 3143
    Australia

    23 Sep 2018 ~ 10am - 1pm
    727-729 High Street
    Armadale, VIC 3143
    Australia

Prices realised in this sale include buyers premium of 21.450%.



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