Leski Auctions features on ABC's Auction Room Programme
This week on Auction Room it's wall-to-wall sport, courtesy of an auction house that specialises in sporting memorabilia, Melbourne's Leski Auctions.
Our host William McInnes, who is no stranger to the field of sporting endeavour, will guide us through a smorgasbord of sport delicacies. William, a Western Bulldogs fan in the AFL scheme of things, steps into enemy territory to meet Dr Ken Dowd, who says he was born to be a Magpies (ie. Collingwood) fanatic.
Ken has spent most of his life amassing a collection of Magpies and general AFL memorabilia and ephemera - literally hundreds of thousands of items, the biggest AFL collection on the planet. Due to an expensive divorce settlement, Ken has reluctantly decided to progressively dispose of it all, taking auctioneer Charles Leski's advice not to flood the market in one massive hit. Leski will continue to handle the auction over the next couple of years.
Meanwhile, cricket fans will be keenly awaiting a rare and superb relic from 1948. Australia's most prolific author Ken Piesse has written over 60 books. His latest title requires some rather expensive photos to illustrate his text, so one item of his collection has to be sacrificed on the Leski altar.
It is a framed single stump from the most famous Ashes Tour of them all. The 1948 "Invincibles" triumph, Australia, with Don Bradman as captain, did not lose a single match of the 34 played against England. Every player in the Australian team signed this stump, and all the signatures are wonderfully legible, as if signed yesterday.
Back with football, the auction is rounded off with two other superb offerings, one which is sure to break a record. It is the very first Brownlow Medal, the pinnacle of achievement in Australian Rules footy. This 18 carat gold and enamel medal, in perfect condition, was awarded in 1924 to Geelong's Edward Greeves. And if that isnít enough, there's a second one! It's the 1930 Brownlow, won by Richmond's Stan Judkins. It too is in mint condition.
This will be an auction to remember!
Episode Synopsis courtesy of the ABC website