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  • Jackie Howe's personalised shears to make $24,000 in Melbourne?
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    Will Davison
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Jackie Howe's personalised shears to make $24,000 in Melbourne?

A set of personalised shears belonging to legendary Australian farmhand Jackie Howe (1861-1920) are offered at Sotheby's in Melbourne with an estimate of $14,409-24,015.

Howe is most famous for his record-breaking feat in 1892, when he sheared a total of 321 merino sheep in just seven hours and 40 minutes - a figure which remains unbeaten to this day.

Electric shears were patented by Frederick York Wolseley in New South Wales 1877, and were soon adopted widely across Australia and New Zealand.

Wolseley Jackie Howe shears
A statue of Howe stands in the town of Blackall in Queensland

The Wolseley Company, upon learning of Howe's accomplishment, presented him with the personalised hand piece in 1893, which he went on to use for many years.  

He was also presented with a medal, which sold alongside another of his sheep shearing medals for $345,816 at Sotheby's Australia in 2008.

David Boyd's painting Children Playing in the Bush will also feature at tomorrow's (October 29) auction with an estimate of $19,212-28,818.

Boyd (1924-2011) was a popular Australian painter, notable for his controversial depictions of early Australian explorers in his work in the 1950s.

David Boyd children playing
Boyd was a popular Australian artist

He was a member of the Boyd artistic dynasty, which began with Arthur Merric Boyd in 1886.

John Glover's Landscape with cattle (circa 1820) is another notable lot. One of the earliest Australian landscape painters, Glover (1767-1849) is best known for his depictions of the Tasmanian bush.

The record price paid for a work by Glover is £1.7m ($3m), set at Christie's London last month for his painting Ben Lomond from Near Mr Talbot's Property.

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  • Post author
    Will Davison
  • Howe'sJackiepersonalisedshears