Smith & Singer

14-16 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC, Australia 3000
+61 0-3-9508-9900

About Auction House

Smith & Singer, then operating as Sotheby's Australia, established offices and opened under licence in Australia in 1983, following the Sotheby's model of holding regular auctions in the areas of Fine Art, Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts, and Jewellery.  In 1995 the company became wholly owned by Sotheby's only to be restructured under a strict licence agreement in 2009 when co-owners Gary Singer and Geoffrey Smith acquired the rights to use the Sotheby's Australia name.  Following an immensely successful decade where the company cemented its position as the market-leading aucti...Read More
on house in Australia, Mr Singer and Mr Smith decided to rebrand the company with their own names as a married couple in Australia.Read Less

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    The Magnificent Wakil Emerald Emerges for Auction

    A dazzling highlight of the forthcoming virtual Smith & Singer auction of Important Jewels, Watches & Objects of Virtu will be The Wakil Emerald, an exceptional platinum, gold, emerald and diamond ring by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1974, from the collection of Isaac Wakil AO and the late Susan Wakil AO.  Offered with an estimate of AUD$200,000–250,000 (US$129,580-161,975), the centrally-mounted, claw-set, pear-shaped emerald weighing 20.246 carats is of Columbian origin, and is one of the most significant jewels of its kind ever offered at auction in Australia. Lot 50: The Wakil Emerald Platinum, gold, emerald and diamond ring, Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 1974.Smith & Singer FROM THE COLLECTION OF ISAAC WAKIL AO & SUSAN WAKIL AO Isaac and Susan Wakil migrated to Australia in the 1940s with precious few resources, other than a great deal of entrepreneurial intuition.  After marrying in 1953, they built a clothing company and used its remarkable success to lay the foundations of a property empire spanning Sydney, for which they are best known. Not satisfied by their business success alone, Susan and Isaac Wakil ultimately became two of Sydney’s greatest philanthropic benefactors.  Their sponsorship of the arts, which commenced in the 1960s, has contributed significantly to the growth of Australian culture during this crucial period.  Indeed, in recent years their $24 million gift to the Art Gallery of New South Wales planned Sydney Modern wing was the largest cash donation in the history of the esteemed institution.  Along with visual arts, the Wakils have been longstanding sponsors of Opera Australia – today, this generosity enables first-time opera-goers to see performances with accessible $20 tickets at the Sydney Opera House and the Arts Centre Melbourne.  The Wakils were also major benefactors of the Sydney Jewish Museum, supporting the Fund for Jewish Higher Education. Among their greatest philanthropic acts has been the Wakils’ support of the University of Sydney.  In 2015, the Wakils gave the University foundation $10.8 million to provide 12 perpetual nursing scholarships a year, half of them to support regional, rural or Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islanders.  A few months later this was complemented by…