Bob Hawke's Booze Collection, Cigars And Art Up For Grabs In Huge Auction
Fancy owning a piece of Australian history? The estate of the late, great Bob Hawke is going to auction and you can secure some of the former PM's personal liquor cabinet.
A gallery's worth of artwork, a display home's worth of beautiful furniture, and a party's worth of booze can all be yours when a large part of Hawke's estate goes under the hammer in Sydney in a few weeks.
A collection of "Mementos Curiosities Art and Design" owned by Hawke and wife Blanche d'Alpuget will be auctioned by Shapiro on August 27 at Sydney's Paddington RSL Club.
Considered one of Australia's most beloved Prime Ministers, the former Labor leader died in May aged 89 -- just days before the federal election.
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Australia’s 23rd PM, and the longest-serving from Labor ranks, Hawke left behind a legacy which included the reintroduction of universal healthcare in the form of Medicare; the establishment of 'Advance Australia Fair' as the national anthem; and the reshaping of Australia's economy in the tumultuous '80s, including overseeing the floating of the dollar.
He also left behind a stack of stuff, and a lot of it will be for sale at the end of the month.
Like this 'silver footed bowl', gifted to him by Dick Cheney -- then secretary of defence of the USA, and later George W. Bush's vice president -- which could be yours for an estimated $500-700.
Or this 'silver footed low bowl', which is 'adorned with parade of penguins on iceberg. A steal at an estimated $300-500.
This collection of 'Late Victorian Silver Plated Flatware' is a bit more high-end, estimated to go for up to $1500. It's a setting for 12, with ivorine handles, in original oak canteen -- and was a gift from Aussie rich-lister Frank Lowy.
This Wedgwood ashtray comes with a Waterford crystal photo frame, containing a picture of fellow Labor PM Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese
A 'giltwood figure of Caishen (god of wealth)', a gift from a Malaysian politician, is going for $1000-1500.
There's also a fossil of what appears to be some fish. Just $100-200, for the budget-conscious Hawkie fans out there.
Libraries worth of books -- including a full 30-volume set of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, a $700 book on 'Kingfishers and Related Birds', and another on 'Parrots of the World' -- also appear in the auction catalogue, alongside multiple sets of golf clubs and a number of cricket items.
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The cricket section of the auction includes two Australian helmets, two balls, a framed and signed photo of Don Bradman, and a framed version of this classic photo -- described in the catalogue as 'showing Bob Hawke receiving a cricket ball to the face during a game between his staff and the Press Gallery in October 1984'.
But as you might expect from a man whose greatest accomplishments -- outside his long and distinguished career in politics -- include an array of drinking feats -- there's a bit of booze in here too.
There's a sterling silver whiskey flask monogrammed with Hawke's initials; an 'archaic' Chinese wine vessel; 'four bottles of Chinese liquor (one empty)'; multiple bottles of Chinese liquor Moutai; champagne; a few bottles of Penfolds Grange; and even an esky bearing the stamp of his own Hawke's Lager, as well as two six packs of cans.
There's also a 1980 'Bob Hawke vintage port bottle' with his own face stamped on it, as well as a stack of cigar paraphernalia, including humidors, boxes and cutters.
There's a lot in there, and we haven't even covered off the range of artwork, display pieces like tea sets, a huge range of furniture, and stacks more knick-knacks and treasured mementos collected over Hawke's time in public life.
The collection is up for viewing on August 24 and 25, before going under the hammer on the 27th from 6 pm.
This week it has been reported that some members of Hawke's family are contesting his will and the division of his estate. His will gave the majority of his estate to d'Alpuget, with other sums divided between his children and step-children.