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Christopher Bragg’s mother really wanted her son to be a Chartered Accountant when he left The Oratory School in Berkshire UK. It was thus decided that Christopher would join the Chartered Accountants, Hope Agar and Co in the City of London where he would complete his articles. He left there quite soon however as he was not happy in the somewhat cloistered environment and the work was very poorly paid.
A spell with the theatrical impresario Robert Stigwood in his accounts department provided a better salary but he was quite sure by this time that he was not cut out to be a Chartered Accountant. Feeling that his working life required a complete change Christopher took on a role through the Public Schools Appointment Bureau, selling advertising space for The Connoisseur Magazine. His work there led him to meet a number of art dealers in London, and there was soon a realisation that he had a real affinity with art, history and antiques.
One of the art dealers he met had recently inherited a substantial amount of money and had decided he would open an art gallery in Duke Street, St James’s that specialised in 17th Century Dutch Masters. He needed to appoint a Manager to run the new business and asked Christopher if he was interested in taking on the role. Christopher seized the opportunity and worked there for 13 years until the recession hit the UK in 1983.
He married Caroline an Aussie girl he had met while she was in the UK, sold up everything and came out to start a new career in Melbourne. Art galleries at this time were very much ‘one-man bands’. He met Bruce Lockwood, who was the Sotheby Agent here, who suggested he try Real Estate until something came up. After a spell in real estate for three or four years he realised that one aspect of work he had become involved in, house content auctions, was something he could really focus on. So in 1994 he sold his partnership in real estate and started running monthly house contents auctions. Lack of suitable premises became an issue, so he leased various locations over the next 13 years, moving to his present location at 719 Whitehorse Road on 1 July 2014. Now recognised as a leading Melbourne antique auction specialist Christopher specialises in the sale of estates. His auctions are packed with a large variety of antiques, art, collectables, tribal artifacts, coins and stamps, books, pre-loved quality household furniture and white goods.