Antiques dating back 700 years being auctioned to help uni
ONE of the Sunshine Coast's most significant collections of antiques will be auctioned next month with the proceeds going towards the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Over 40 years, Richard and Arija Austin, of Buderim, amassed a stunning collection of antiques dating back 700 years as well as a valuable art collection.
The collection includes 15th century Ming china and a 17th and 18th century timber furniture from Japan, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Mr Austin, a former prisoner of war and barrister, worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo and was an avid collector of Japanese and Australian art.
He but became involved with the art world after leaving the public sector and was chairman of the Queensland Gallery Board of Trustees for some eight years until 1995.
His wife, Arija, who he married in the 1960s, had run her own fashion label in South Yarra, Tu, and like her husband, shared an eye for art and design.
Mr Austin died in 2000 aged 81 and Mrs Austin died earlier this year, naming the University of the Sunshine Coast as beneficiary in her will.
Numerous pieces from the Austins' art collection have already been donated to the university.
About 1000 items from their estate will be auctioned at the Innovation Centre at the University of the Sunshine Coast on November 14 and 15.
USC development officer Russell Ousley said the Austins had a long association with the university which led them to donate their art collection, and funds for its care, maintenance and display.
"While the exact value of the gift is partly dependent upon the sale of the items within the estate, the university is hopeful there will be enough money to create a new display to showcase pieces from the Austin collection."
Auctioneer Shane Pfeffer said cataloguing the items for auction was a massive job.
"You just start to see more and more and you realise there's more and we just want to get the best outcome for the university," he said.