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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
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.
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.
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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