The value of antiques in Sydney has jumped to a record $15 million, as the city prepares to host the world’s largest ever trade fair.
The Antiques and Art Market is set to run from Tuesday, November 4, until Sunday, November 8, and includes more than 1,300 exhibitors from around the world.
Organiser, Ben McAlpine, said the market was “the perfect venue” to showcase Australia’s unique collection of artworks.
“We’re very proud to have our Australian Heritage heritage centre here and it’s a unique setting,” he said.
“It has the perfect blend of old and new and it just feels like an appropriate place for us to showcase our Australian artworks.”
Mr McAlpin said the auction was a “perfect opportunity” to show off some of the city’s best antique and contemporary works, including the famous Victorian clock.
“The clock itself was purchased by a family in the 1850s, so it’s an antique and we’ve done our best to put it in the right place,” he explained.
“Our first pick was the Royal Australian Mint clock which has been in a mint in Sydney since 1875 and we have it in great condition.”
Mr Brown said he was “proud to say” that Australia’s most iconic antique was still “a go”.
“There’s an auction house in Sydney, but it’s just a shame we haven’t got the right space for it,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“I hope we’ll get it in Australia.”‘
I’d rather have it than a dog’In a similar vein, Melbourne’s mayor has previously said that “I’d much rather have a dog than an antiques collection”.
Mayor Brad Batt told ABC radio station 3AW last month that he hoped the auction would encourage more people to “give up a lot of things”.
“You’re not going to be able to see everything that we have,” he continued.
“You’ve got to have a bit of space to enjoy it.”
The city’s Mayor Brad Batt said he would like to see more “cultural” items sold at the auction.
“A lot of people will see it as a great opportunity to see a bit more of the heritage of Australia,” he argued.
“For a lot, a lot more people, it’s about the culture and the history of this country.”
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