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Painting with sox appeal steals the limelight at Cordy's

Cordy's April sale in Auckland featured rare painting by a very important but neglected woman artist who was active around the middle years of the 20th century. Bessie Christie (1908-1983) is hardly a household name, even in art circles, but her fabulous slice of social realism Knitting for Soldiers (Second World War) 1949 certainly struck a chord with the punters present who stayed until the end of the sale.

The grass is greener on the other side of the Tasman

By John Perry in Auckland on 19 April 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

With the recent takeover of Webb's auction house established in Auckland in 1976, by Melbourne based Mossgreen Auctions, a new chapter for the business is about to be written.

Like all businesses Webb's has had its ups and downs and most people in New Zealand see the recent sale to Mossgreen as a rescue package for the business

Vintage posters fly out the door......

By John Perry in Auckland on 19 April 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The major drawcard for me to travel to Wellington recently was the Tim Clemence Poster Collection of New Zealand & international vintage travel, theatrical and advertising ephemera, which were included in Day 2 of Dunbar Sloane's New Zealand & International Fine Art sale.

Over the years, the market for posters in Wellington has always been constant and strong. Many of New Zealand's finest graphic designers and commercial artists worked for the now defunct New Zealand Railway Studios, a Government Department that was based in Wellington from 1920 until it was closed down towards the end of last century, Posters produced by certain artists such as Marcus King and Leonard Mitchell are in high demand and often change hands at auction for many thousands.

New Zealand Post sells more than stamps

By John Perry in Auckland on 18 April 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

After a long 640 km drive overnight and into the following day I arrived in Wellington just in time to take a front row seat at the Dunbar Sloane Auction of the New Zealand Post Art Collection.

Eighteen mostly large format and big ticket items were being deaccessioned by a long established and powerful (but in decline) Government Department whose impressive headquarters was just a stone throw from the New Zealand capital city's only auction house, Dunbar Sloane, which was established in 1919.

Cordy's Auckland, punching above their weight

By John Perry in Auckland on 14 April 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Formed in 1964, John Cordy and Associates is now Auckland's oldest auction house. Initially formed by Peter Webb, Hamish Keith, Colin McCahon and Michael Draffin, it took the middle names of Colin (John) McCahon and Hamish (Cordy) Keith, and Cordy's as it is now known has held regular weekly sales and monthly art and antique sales since I don't know when.

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Forthcoming Auctions

Hillside Landscape No. 1 (1966)
Frederick (Fred) Ronald Williams, Hillside Landscape No. 1 (1966), 152.5 x 121.4 cm, to be offered by Sotheby's Sydney 11/05/2016, Lot No. 142, Est: $1,000,000-1,200,000

Completed Auctions

The Shower, 1984
Brett Whiteley, The Shower, 1984, 60 x 50 cm, sold by Menzies Melbourne 23/03/2016, Lot No. 26, Price: A$540,000