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News and Opinion

Paintings that are fresh to the market create competition between buyers, and for their Important, Early and Rare sale in Auckland on 10 April, 2014, International Art Centre had sourced two paintings by the very rarely offered artist Raymond McIntyre, from the family of the artist. The stunning untitled portrait of actor Phyllis Cavendish had never been offered for sale, and the few comparable portraits in existence are in public collections.
Australian sale to show London newcomers how to buy
By Terry Ingram on 09-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

At the invitation of Christie's, a Sydney collection is being bulked up by the Mayfair decorative arts trade to create an innovative type of auction at South Kensington on June 4. The Art of Design sale is being led by two portraits from Australia by the Belle Époque painter Emile Blanche and 18th century British artist George Romney, writes Terry Ingram.

The Romney, Mrs Moody ….Holding a dog in her lap is pictured here in an interior from the former Watsons Bay home of French fashion plate designer Alfredo Bouret Gonzalez and the late Lex Aitken who formed the Sydney collection and also were the vendors of the Bridget Riley works sold in Sydney last August.

Puzzle picture finds happy home in New Zealand but will meritable medal follow?, asks Terry Ingram
By Terry Ingram on 05-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

The surprise inclusion of Christie's auction of Australian and New Zealand art sale in London last October has been acquired by the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington.

But visitors to that august public institution, part of the National Library of New Zealand, may have some difficulty in finding it if they look under the artist named in Christie's catalogue.

The inclusion, a watercolour titled A Settler and her Daughter with Maoris at Wanganui, with Mount Ruapehu Behind, was catalogued as the work of John Alexander Gilfillan (1793-1864). 

‘StripClub' Success at Art + Object
By Briar Williams on 04-Apr-2014 (Exclusive to the AASD)

As the auction start time ticked on past 6.30pm, at the Art + Object Important Paintings and Contemporary Art sale in Auckland on April 3, auctioneer Ben Plumbly advised we were waiting for the arrival of the cheekily named ‘StripClub’ art group who were the vendors of lots 1-29. It was lucky he did as they provided the sale with a lively start. 

Three Goldie portraits go to auction

In a rare offering, three paintings by celebrated New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie, will be sold at an auction of important, early and rare art in Auckland this month.

The three works have an estimated value of nearly $1 million and will be offered at an auction by the International Art Centre in Parnell on April 10, which also features several other historically significant New Zealand artists.