Controversial presenter Alan Jones is selling hundreds of treasured personal items.
Everything is set to go, from his much-loved Bentley, furniture and sporting memorabilia to artwork, RM Williams boots, encyclopaedias and champagne bottles. It’s all up for grabs.
The veteran broadcaster, 81, recently underwent urgent spinal surgery and has enlisted Lawsons Auctioneers to sell an extensive range of possessions.
It follows the recent sale and settlement of his sprawling Fitzroy Falls property in the NSW Southern Highlands, south-west of Sydney.
Topping the 600-odd list of Jones’ possessions is an Arthur Boyd artwork estimated to be worth up to $300,000, along with his beloved 2006 Bentley Continental Flying Spur, which could fetch as much as $90,000.
For those after a bargain, prices for items such as photos start from as little as $20.
Bidders could also snare a walnut-veneered writing bureau which has been valued between $6000-$8000, a lamp used by former Liberal MP Michael Yabsley ($600 -$800), oak armchairs ($2000-$3000) or a handcrafted grandfather clock ($1000-$2000).
The auctioneers have listed a Balinese daybed complete with comfy cushions for as little as $800. If you need a horse float, Jones has one that will go under the hammer for an estimated $6000-$8000.
For fellow sports fanatics, there’s an array of cricket memorabilia from greats of the game include Steve Waugh and the late Don Bradman, including signed bats, shirts and gloves.
There’s also horse-racing memorabilia and a range of photos of Jones with famous Australians such as trainer Gai Waterhouse and late cricket great Shane Warne.
For book lovers, a set of four leatherbound books featuring the poetry of Charlotte Bronte is valued between $60-$80 while a set of Australian encyclopaedias which include collectors’ item editions could fetch up as much as $200.
Items from Jones’ wardrobe including RM Williams boots, trainers and Drizabone coats are also up for grabs.
Many items are inscribed with the initials AJ, including a Tiffany & Co crystal wine decanter.
Items range from Buddha figures, statues, artwork, glass bowls and Wedgewood crockery to a croquet set, kitchen appliances, an untested treadmill, vintage tennis racquets, champagne buckets and an empty six litre bottle of Bollinger.
The online-only auction, titled the Alan Jones AO Collection, went live late Sunday night and closes January 14.
This article first appeared on Over60.