Fashion | The Elizabeth Ryman Collection

Part One of the sale features an extensive collection of handbags, shoes and Trelise Cooper garments and Part Two is an equally extensive collection of designer garments including overcoats and dayware. The bulk of the collection was purchased between 1990 and 2019 with the focus being on contemporary designers, in particular New Zealand fashion brands. Sizes range from Australian size 12 – 14.

Items of note include a collection of Trelise Cooper coats spanning much of the designers career, they are fabulous quality and suited to the Australian climate. A number of the handbags cost in excess of $2,000 and include well known designers like Mimco, Lupo, Hester Van Eeghan and Furlo. You should also pay close attention to the range of glasses, many of which are non-prescription including JF Ray, Christian Dior, Gucci, Armani, Prada, Versace and Golden Wood.

All items are offered unreserved and this sale offers a remarkable collection of eclectic fashion that you will not see on the high street. It would suit a woman who is stylish, who believes you can never be overdressed and who invests in quality.

How to Bid
Updated 25 March

As the world reacts to the spread of COVID-19 and the need for Social Distancing comes into effect our top priority is to ensure the safety of our employees and clients. The coronavirus is proving to be unpredictable and we would like to provide some assurance on what you can expect from Theodore Bruce – now – and over the coming weeks to mitigate potential opportunities for the spread of this disease.

We will continue to hold our auctions as planned however, physical attendance at our rooms is not allowed except for collections and deliveries which must be booked in advance. We have set procedures for consigning items to auction and our technology enables customers to bid safely and efficiently from anywhere in the world. Over the past years there has been a trend towards using digital channels to view and bid on many of our most successful auctions and we have every confidence that you’ll find bidding online a satisfying experience. Please visit our website regularly to continue to experience the best that Theodore Bruce has to offer from wherever you are in the world.


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  • Live bidding via the internet, this system provides a live audio and video stream of the auction with real time online bidding during the auction. To bid via our website go to the Auction Page or alternatively to bid via Invaluable CLICK HERE
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  • Telephone bidding:- you can telephone or email in the lot(s) that you wish to bid on and a member of staff will ring when the lot is about ready to be auctioned


As we are not allowing visitors into the building we have set up a collection and delivery area in our Yard which is accessed via the large grey gates via Darley Street. All Collections must be booked in.

Please email to book in a collection time from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm.


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Updated 12noon. Wednesday 25 March.

Jewels, Silver & Timepieces

A Stunning Dragon Fly Brooch is to be offered in our upcoming Jewels, Silver & Timepieces Auction on 2 March 2020. The brooch which is handcrafted in yellow gold with enamel & diamond wings was retailed by Fairfax & Roberts, Sydney in 2001. Fairfax & Roberts was established in 1842 by Richard Lamb & Alfred Fairfax and quickly established itself as Sydney’s finest Emporium for silver & timepieces. In 1886 after the death of Richard Lamb and with a new partner Oscar Roberts, the name of the business was changed to Fairfax & Roberts, with a new workshop on Hunter St and an outlet in London, the Fairfax & Roberts brand took its place as one of Australia’s premier jewellers.

Also included in the Auction is The Elizabeth Ryman Collection which spans both Fine & Costume Jewellery and includes Bvlgari rings, diamond bangles, an Yves Saint Laurent heart watch & a Monica Trevisi Necklace & Matching Earrings.

We are also now excepting pieces for our April Jewels, Silver & Timepieces Auction so please contact Casi Prischl for a free valuation.


A Chess Collection Without Equal to be Auctioned in March

Theodore Bruce’s 26th March Emporium Auction will feature a remarkable and extensive Chess and Games Collection from the Estate of renowned Economist, Doctor Thomas James Valentine, who was an avid and passionate collector, player and student of chess.

The collection reflects the deep interest Dr Valentine had in the history of chess, featuring original sets from the early 19th Century, and replicas of ancient chess pieces from the 12th and 13th Centuries such as the Lewis Chessmen. There are sets to mark historical time periods and movements such as Communist Russia, the French Revolution and the Battle of Bannockburn, and those to mark pop culture phenomna, such as Asterix and Obelisk, and a Tri-Dimensional Star Trek Chess set. Many sets reveal the collectors’ sense of humour, with themes including farmyard animals, Charlie Chaplin and Alice in Wonderland.

The Chess sets range in size and material, from oversized and three-dimensional, to travelling and miniature. Pieces are made in materials as varied as ivory and ebony, bone, wood, ceramic, onyx, malachite, resin, calcite, metal and silver.

The collection also features various other games including Mahjong, Abacus and Backgammon.