By Tiffanie Turnbull
(Australian Associated Press)
More than $600,000 has been raised from the sale of hundreds of Bob Hawke’s personal belongings, with many fetching record prices.
Not a single item was left unsold at the auction in Sydney on Tuesday night, more than three months after the former prime minister’s death.
The collection of 266 items fetched a total of $671,630 – three times the original estimated value.
“People were passionate about owning a piece of Australian history,” a spokesman for auctioneers Shapiro told AAP on Wednesday.
An array of pieces of Mr Hawke’s cigar paraphernalia sold for up to $8500, while a photo of a cricket ball striking him in the face fetched $3500 – more than 17 times its asking price.
An inscribed silver-footed bowl gifted to the then-prime minister by US Secretary of State Dick Cheney sold for $7500.
The bargain of the night was a 1970-era jug by Danish designer Erik Magnussen, which went for $200.
The most expensive item sold was a Hugh Sawrey painting called the Drover’s Wife which once hung in Mr Hawke’s office. It sold for $23,000, almost three times the expected selling price.
Other big earners were a pair of Victorian-era frog-adorned silver sweet meat dishes which fetched $22,000, and a miniature Chinese book case which sold for $20,000.
The money raised at the auction will be returned to Mr Hawke’s estate.