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'Old Gold' does it again in Parnell this time for the International Art Centre

The first 'Important and Rare' sale at the International Art Centre's new custom-built premises, was witnessed by a good crowd of around 200 people, despite the lousy weather. The high point of the evening was the sale of a small format C.F.Goldie painting from 1916 of an Arawa Chieftainess. Entitled 'In Doubt' an Arawa Chieftainess Maramena Wiari with a pre sale estimate of between $250,000- $350,000 bidding started at $190,000 and quickly rose to the final hammer price of $370,000.

Top price expected for McCahon work

16 August 2016

A highly-regarded Colin McCahon work could fetch a record-setting price when it goes under the hammer for the first time in almost half a century. Art+Object auctioneer Ben Plumbly said The Canoe Tainui was one of the most major of the late artist's works still in private ownership. Most others were already in public collections. The sale was "uncharted territory" but he believed The Canoe Tainui could fetch $1.4 million to $2m at auction, which would surpass the record $1.33m paid at auction in April for Charles Goldie's A Noble Relic of a Noble Race.

Old gold saves the day at the ''newly minted'' Mossgreen-Webb's art auction in Auckland

By John Perry in Auckland on 12 August 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The new team from across the Tasman Sea have pulled out all the stops in a serious effort to save the Art Department at Webb's, once billed as New Zealand's premier auction house

For the first of the fine art sales to come out under the ''newly minted'' Mossgreen-Webb's brand, an extensive and expensive 132 page catalogue was produced for the 53 lots of New Zealand and International Fine Art to go under the hammer in their Parnell auction rooms on 11 August. A good crowd of around 75 people were in attendance with the Director of Art, Sophie Coupland, taking the rostrum to conduct the sale.

Fox leads bidders on another frantic chase

By Terry Ingram on 10 August 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The hunt for fine examples of works by Emmanuel Phillips Fox has intensified with a chase as vigorous as those which used to accompany a bloody fox hunt when they were legal years ago.

At a house sale held by E J Ainger last Sunday, one of the artist’s late works, The Avenue, showing a road with a row of trees and distant figures, sold for $130,000 plus buyers’ premium (around $156,000 all up) compared with an estimate of only $30,000 to $40,000.

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Forthcoming Auctions

Gauguin (also known as Portrait of Paul Gauguin on the Eve of His Attempted Suicide, Tahiti), 1968
Brett Whiteley, Gauguin (also known as Portrait of Paul Gauguin on the Eve of His Attempted Suicide, Tahiti), 1968, 152.5 x 264.5 cm (irreg.), to be offered by Menzies Melbourne 21/09/2016, Lot No. 37, Est: $1,600,000-2000,000

Completed Auctions

Rialto, 1927
Arthur Ernest Streeton, Rialto, 1927, 12 x 21 cm, sold by Menzies Sydney 23/06/2016, Lot No. 53, Price: A$196,364