Australia’s Most Important Art Collection Up For Auction

Point Danger. Coolangatta, Qld

Over 100,000 items, including images dating back to 1880, have been put up for auction – from historic local photos of Coolangatta to Ned and Dan Kelly’s Armour.

This collection, widely regarded as Australia’s most significant, features some classic images captured from some of the nation’s most historically relevant events and locations like the Marine Parade, Border Gate views of Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, and many more.

“There are original glass negatives in this collection that capture the very first moments of not only local Australian but World history and some that may even change the course of history,” said Mr. Lee Hames, Chief Operations Officer for Lloyds Auctions. “We believe this to be a World first, to offer these tangible original glass plates which rival any modern photographic resolution”, he continued.

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Marine Parade Border Gate. Coolangatta, Qld

The current owners of the collection, Stephen and Jeffrey Cutts claimed that it was with “great sadness that we say goodbye to a collection that spans five generations and 140 years. We understand that for these historically important pieces to rest with one family is to deny others the pleasure of their custodianship. It is for this reason that we have entrusted you as the new custodian of our treasured item,“.

Noteworthy photographs in the collection:

  • The Landing At ANZAC (Gallipoli, 1915)
  • Ned And Dan Kelly’s Armour (taken at trial in 1880)
  • The Duke & Duchess Of York And Daughter Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary
  • Phar Lap Winning The ‘Melbourne Cup’ 1930
  • Egyptian Pyramids And Sphinx
  • Franco British Expedition

If you’re an art lover or just want some Aussie collectibles, customers can now bid for these items through Both the Lloyds Auctions platform and in cryptocurrency. The winners will become owners of the minted NFT, and will be given the tangible, original glass plate negative.

Written by Emeric Brard


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