The annual Festival of Glass is held in Drysdale, Victoria (Australia). Established in 2011, the Festival celebrates the beauty and versatility of glass in art, craft and industry and it promotes collaboration between people who work with glass. Unique in Australia, the Festival joins a handful of similar events worldwide.
The Festival of Glass is an initiative of the Drysdale and Clifton Springs Community Association Inc.
Two historic bottles from
Drysdale fetched record prices at an online auction in July.
The Les Bray St. Arnaud
bottles were ‘discovered’ at an Historic Bottle Appraisal Day - part of the 2016
Festival of Glass in Drysdale, Victoria.
of the bottles was a Les Bray St. Arnaud ginger beer bottle, made between 1900
and 1918. Its estimated price was between $200 and $250, but it sold for a
other bottle was a hand blown wine bottle from Oxford University’s Magdalene
College. It has a glass seal dated 1740 and its owner paid $50 for it years ago
at a London market. The bottle’s estimated price was between $400 and $500 but it
sold for $980 - a record for a bottle of this type.
The handblown wine bottle
Auctions ran the online auction, which attracted bidders from around the world.