One of Australia’s largest private collections auctioned in Adelaide, valued at $ 3.5 million


Nearly 200 rare and priceless antiques will be put under the hammer at an auction in Adelaide today, with the exclusive event set to attract offers from dealers and collectors around the world.

The “Fit for Royalty” collection, amassed over the course of a lifetime by the founder of the Du Plessis Auctions Gallery in Adelaide, Peter Du Plessis, has never been on display and features some of the most unique antiques from around the world.

These rare pieces include a writing desk used by Mary Queen of Scots and the bell of the ship Napoleon visited.

The 18th century brass ship’s bell that was on board the ship Napoleon traveled on.(

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“A lot of items were bought in or through the biggest auctions and dealers of the 20th century, and it’s really like walking through a museum of some of the most significant events in history.

“I mean it’s very rare that we have international artwork on the market in Australia.”

Other items are expected to attract worldwide attention and a hefty price tag includes items from Versailles as well as Buckingham Palace.

There will be works on display by a number of renowned artists, including English painters Sir John Everett Millias and JMW Turner, as well as French painter Jacques Courtios and Italian painter Francesco Guardi.

World famous artists were known for their work during the 16-1700s.

While many items would be unknown to people in this century, they are expected to attract a total prize of up to $ 3.5 million.

A portrait of Peter Du Plessis.
Peter Du Plessis died in December 2016.(

Provided: Galerie Du Plessis Auctions

Glass panels from the Du Plessis gallery.
Four art glass panels will be auctioned, designed by Eugène Bourgeois in the 19th century.(

Provided: Galerie Du Plessis Auctions


In one exhibition hall there will be an early 19th century English three-section library, an inlaid and gilded pietra dura marble table, a Warings console, porcelain plates from the 1600s and a bronze clock. and gilded bronze from Raingo, a world famous watchmaker. .

One of the exhibits will be “Bourgeois Glass Panels”.

Panels of glass take up an entire wall and have been described as one of Peter Du Plessis’ most valuable possessions throughout his life.

The panels were exhibited at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1889 and received a silver medal for their magnificent achievement in the art of glasswork.

“Dad loved them so much, he had them behind his desk in his office, so he could see them every day with the light coming through them,” said Marc Du Plessis.

While the auction will attract worldwide attention, Marc Du Plessis said holding it in Adelaide was to honor his father, who died in December 2016.

The auction will begin today at 1:00 p.m. at the premises of the Du Plessis auction in Adelaide.


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