Prominent antique dealer Robin Kelly is preparing to sell her biggest antique yet: her historic Canterbury shops.
Ms Kelly recently closed Robin Hood Antiques after 48 years of trawling the state for vintage items, some of which she hired out to film and TV crews.
The 78-year-old has now listed Robin Hood’s longtime base — an 1888-built shop at 245 Canterbury Rd — and an adjoining coffee shop at No. 247 for private sale, with a combined $1.5 million asking price.
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No. 245 is believed to be the oldest remaining shop in the eastern suburb, starting its life as Boanas Restaurant & Wine Hall before becoming Weymouth’s hardware store in 1902.
Ms Kelly has owned the shops since 1999. She also bought a third adjoining property that year, but later sold it in 2006.
The professional singer and heritage advocate said kitchenalia and furniture from Robin Hood had made their way into beloved 1995 flick Babe.
Helen Mirren’s 2018 supernatural horror movie Winchester also featured “a huge stained-glass window” sourced from her store.
An antique bed from Ms Kelly’s shop also popped up in Paul Hogan miniseries Anzacs.
“I bought it from a farm in Lake Boga (near Swan Hill). It had been run over by a truck and bent in half,” Ms Kelly recalled.
“I got my restorer to open it all up — antique beds are indestructible.”
She said her beds — a speciality of the shop — had also been perused by the makers of Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock.
Ms Kelly said the shops remained in near original condition, with tall timber ceilings and charming “crooked floors”.
The properties are being offered with vacant possession, with Ms Kelly planning a public auction once they’ve sold to clear Robin Hood of its mountain of goods.
She said the stores would be well suited to another old-school business, such as a vintage shop, vinyl record store or antiques market, or perhaps a restaurant.
Assetxcel Victoria selling agent Charles Sava said the pair occupied 358sq m of land near Canterbury train station and thriving shopping strip Maling Rd, with rear lane access.
Their commercial 1 zoning offered the potential to add three to four storeys on top, or to develop the land behind them — as long as any works were sympathetic to their heritage status, Mr Sava said.