Austin Estate Sale

We’ve got the lights and camera, so get in on this award-winning action for the thrill of a lifetime ago. This blockbuster starring ‘Rose Wood’ is filmed on location at ‘Shirley’s Temple’ in the Orient and ‘East Lake’ in Canada.

1660 Austin Place, Cowichan Bay (off McGill via Glen at Cowichan Bay Rd)

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Fri – Feb 22   10am-6pm     |     Sat – Feb 23    9am-6pm     |     Sun – Feb 24   9am-5pm

This momentous 3-day sale reflects the truly celebrated life of filmmaker Brian Hosking that first features his Éclair 16mm professional camera with all the related gear and some magnificent Oriental Rosewood furniture. Then an exceptional mix of fine furnishings in oriental carpets, Victorian linen upholstery, Teak modular unit, and a great selection of art by Odjig, Kurelek and De Castro. Also is a vintage camera and coin collection, Bernina sewing machine, Shirley Temple doll, mobility lift chair, and major power tools.

Brian Hosking was an award-wining CBC news and documentary cameraman. He worked for the National News in the late 60’s and 70’s and was posted to the Far East Bureau with Joe Schlesinger, extensively covering historical events including the Vietnam War and Nixon’s visit to China. In the late 70’s Brian joined the Fifth Estate where, over the course of a decade and won multiple awards including an Academy, Emmy, Grand Prix and Gemini before retiring in 1993.

Featured Items



  • Vintage Soremec-Éclair 16MM ACLII professional movie camera c/w carrying suitcase, all accessories, belt battery pack, extra film canisters LINK

Vintage & Modern Electronics

  • Vintage camera collection
  • Vintage audio gear
  • Apple computer
  • Office electronics
  • Great selection of CDs

Oriental, Vintage & Contemporary Furniture

  • Oriental Rosewood
    • Table w/matching chairs & extension leaf
    • China cabinet/linen press
    • Secretary desk w/hutch
    • Nesting end tables
    • Coffee tables
  • Circa 1960 Teak modular wall unit
  • Elegantly-carved oriental chest w/linen inserts
  • Early Canadian-made Pine desk w/chair
  • Victorian linen-upholstered lady’s chair
  • EASTLAKE marble-top mirrored dresser
  • Leather gentleman’s parlour chair
  • (2) Exceptional hand-knotted Oriental rugs
  • Painted Pine bedroom suite
  • Painted washstand & other occasional furniture
  • Contemporary living room furniture
  • Wicker lawn furniture
    STAIRMASTER lift chair c/w rails (13 stairs + landing)

Garden & Power Tools

  • Husqvarna 85 weed wacker
  • PROXXON band saw
  • Electric hedge cutter
  • Hand tools galore

Art Prints & Lithographs

    • Daphne ODJIG lithograph ‘Pow Wow Singers’ (5/98)  LINK1 | LINK2
    • William KURELEK (Canadian artist) print/lithograph LINK
    • Leonard GIBBS (Canadian artist) lithograph ‘Elephant Fish’ (269/275) LINK
    • Alberto De CASTRO print ‘Taste of Spring’ (250/503) LINK
    • Edwin MATTHEWS print ‘Silent Snow’ LINK
    • Art print ‘The Strawberry Thief’
  • (6) Framed VICTORIAN prints

Antiques & Collectibles

  • (3) Very rare Chinese Communist Revolution propagandist records LINK
  • Several Chinese wedding baskets of exceptional quality
  • Ceramic VICTORY water cooler in exceptional condition
  • (5) Circa 1890s cast iron lawn benches
  • Great selection of North American & Oriental smalls
  • Antique Japanese block prints
  • Oriental headstone rubbings
  • Oriental Bakelite bedroom accessories
  • Vintage Shirley Temple doll

Sewing & Cooking

  • BERNINA minimatic sewing machine
  • Sewing room full of tailoring supplies
  • Small appliances & high-end cookery
  • Stainless steel BBQ
  • Kitchenware


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