Former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who died in May this year, stands as one of the country's most colourful and beloved political figures. He also enjoyed a particularly long tenure as PM, from March 1983 until December 1991, winning four elections as Labor leader. And while his political legacy includes the creation of Medicare and Landcare, the floating of the Australian dollar, and his removal of any UK jurisdiction over Australian affairs, more popularly he's remembered as a quintessential larrikin: a swearing, drinking PM who was famous for his ability to skol a can of beer and whose most famous line is arguably his statement, after Australia dramatically won the America's Cup in 1983, that "any boss who sacks anyone for not turning up today is a bum!" On August 27, Shapiro Auctions is holding the "Bob Hawke & Blanche d'Alpuget Mementos Curiosities Art and Design Auction" at Paddington RSL (an appropriate venue) in Sydney. Amongst the ephemera of a long political career and an obvious love of art, we were struck by four time-related lots:* Lot 99 *Jaeger-LeCoultre Atmos clock* By far my pick of the lots is this Atmos clock. If any clock is indicative…

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