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Art + Object finish a record breaking year on a high note

By John Perry in Auckland on 6 December 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD
On 1 December Art + Object offered the almost full market an end of year sale of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art Including Works from the Collection of Celia Dunlop, comprising 100 lots of 20th and 21st century New Zealand Art. A miscellany of 38 mostly smallish works from the collection of the late Celia Dunlop of Wellington started the auction with the top price going to a finely balanced work on paper by Gordon Walters Grid No. II from 1983 which sold for $60,000. The sale achieved $1.57 million.

Quality collections and a distinction-level clearance of 86% sees Deutscher and Hackett claim an impressive year-end tally

By Jane Raffan on 1 December 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

The cover lot of the Important Fine Art and Aboriginal Art sale held in Sydney by Deutscher and Hackett on 30 November 2016, was a delicate golden view of Lavender Bay by Brett Whiteley titled Dawn, 1974 (Lot 39). It snared the sale’s top lot position with the hammer falling at $450,000, improving marginally on its last market outing in 2011. The sale’s most exciting result, however, was for another more modest work that focused on the effects of light: a fresh-to-the-market impressionistic depiction of a French village riverside scene in summer, which sparkled with a myriad of hues from sunshine on moving water and dappled shade.

Mossgreen-Webb's attempt to regain market share with a two day sale.

By John Perry in Auckland on 1 December 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Now that the new team of fine art specialists are firmly bedded in at the Parnell rooms of Mossgreen-Webb's, to close the year, their final sale was held over two nights on Monday 28th and Tuesday 29th November.

Old gold does not seem to tarnish at the International Art Centre

By John Perry in Auckland on 30 November 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

I will never forget buying my first ever painting by Charles F, Goldie in 1979 from an auction house in the Hawke's Bay. It was a late period 1940 oil on canvas of Rahapa of Ohinemutu for the all-out sum of $10,000.

It was all the money we could, as an arts community in the then wild west town of Rotorua, come up with to buy a ''real'' Goldie painting for the new Rotorua Art Gallery that was struggling to come to grips with the notion of a ''permanent collection''

Lawson's 'sleeper' raises question: have librarians forgotten their ADBs?

By Terry Ingram on 29 November 2016 // Exclusive to the AASD

Conviction that it played a part in the visualisation of modern Australia is believed to underlie the extraordinary price for a 19th century photo album at Lawson's in Sydney on November 24.

The album sold for $15,000 excluding premium against estimates of $1000 to $1500 to one telephone bidder against another, after rising quickly from around the estimated price. The buyer's premium and GST adds an extra 25 per cent to this hammer price.

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Forthcoming Auctions

Gottfried Lindauer, Hinemoa, 121.9 x 147.3 cm, to be offered by Christies London 15/12/2016, Lot No. 11, Est: $120,000-180,000

Completed Auctions

Ceremony, 1897
William (King Billy) Barak, Ceremony, 1897, 41.5 x 54 cm, sold by Bonhams Sydney 07/06/2016, Lot No. 58, Price: A$512,400