Australian Olympic Legend’s Estate for Auction

Don Talbot, an iconic Australian Olympic swimming coach, trained national teams for Australia, the United States and Canada, and now his most treasured belongings are being auctioned through Lloyds completely unreserved.

Hundreds of items once belonging to Don are going through an online auction in which he had spent his lifetime collecting now to be shared with the world, as his legacy lives on.

“This is a very special collection, we feel extremely privileged to be able to share this collection with the community and honour the amazing achievements that Don Talbot worked for,” said Lee Hames, Chief Operating Officer for Lloyds Auctions.

“We expect some of the items in this collection to fetch serious interest from swimming enthusiasts and collectors from right around the country,” continued Mr. Hames.

The auction headlines with his Australian Swimming National Head Coach Jacket alongside commonwealth games team jackets, and also including a ‘This is Your Life’ Photograph Album documenting his momentous achievements throughout his lifetime.

Also featuring in the estate auction is his Order of Australia Certificate which is widely regarded as the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

A limited-edition coin collection also features in the auction which was made exclusively for Don and is the heritage of America, coming with a certificate of authenticity.

Other items in the collection include many awards, stopwatches, a framed set of limited-editionvcollectors pins, Talbot’s book ‘Nothing but the best’ and many other unique items.

“This collection showcases all the amazing items gathered by Don Talbot over the years, and we lookcforward to the new custodians to enjoy everything this collection has to offer,” continued Mr. Hames.

The online auction will close this Friday 29th October at 7:00pm.

You can view the auction online here or visit for more information.

Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers Candidate Member

Certified Practicing Valuer AVAA


Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.