Peter du Plessis (1941 - 2016)
Our Founder, Peter began working with a London- and Luxembourg-based merchant bank in 1961. Arranging and conducting auctions of residual barter trade merchandise including leaf tobacco, agricultural equipment and Iranian rugs, he soon developed an interest and expertise in the latter. Working on six continents, he held auctioneer’s licences in most countries including Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and in the mid 60's was granted his first Australian licence when he conducted auctions for Elder Smith Goldsbrough Mort. Together with his wife, Robin, he founded du Plessis Auction Gallery. He is a Fellow & Life member of the Society of Auctioneers and Appraisers (SA) and a multi-award winning auctioneer. In 2009 was recognised with the award, "Corporate Auctioneer Ambassador for Excellence in the Field of Antiques & Fine Arts" at the Golden Gavel Awards. Peter, over many years, has given freely of his time in raising funds for charities, not only through ‘black tie’ auctions, but also with lectures covering the many fields of collecting and at valuation days at country events.
Robin du Plessis
Our office administrator and partner, Robin has successfully combined a career and committee membership with raising five children. In 1966 she commenced serving as a director of an auctioneering and stock liquidating company in Toronto, Canada. In 1976 she obtained her South Australian auctioneer’s licence – believed to be the first granted to a woman in metropolitan Adelaide. She served on the committee of the Society of Auctioneers and Appraisers (SA) for most of the 1980s, including as editor of its newsletter and presenting workshops at the Real Estate Institute’s auction school. She obtained her Real Estate Agency Certificate in 1991. Robin is a Fellow & Life member of the Society of Auctioneers and Appraisers (SA) and in 2010 was recipient of a Tribute Award, Recognising dedication to the Society and the professions of Auctioneering & Appraising.
Marc du Plessis
As General Manager, Marc is heavily involved with the day-to-day workings of our company and with much of the customer contact. It’s a position we like to think he was born for, as he attended his first company auction at just two days old. Now having tallied up thirty plus years in the industry and with particular expertise in European paintings, 18th century & earlier furniture, and sporting memorabilia, he is responsible for maintaining our high standard of items for sale. Marc is also our auctioneer with his own unique style whilst offering some light-hearted moments. Marc is a past President of the Society of Auctioneers and Appraisers (SA).
Melinda du Plessis
Melinda heads up our Client Services department. With many years’ experience in office administration and management for a leading Adelaide law firm and other private companies ensures everything runs smoothly on auction and viewing days. With a ready smile, she’s the ‘go-to’ person for our clients.