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Punters and collectors go for the 'tough stuff' at Art + Object's sale of the Anne Coney Collection

By John Perry in Auckland on 8 July 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD
The 40-year collection of Auckland based Anne Coney, was sold by Art & Object on 6 July with some pleasing results being achieved across the board. The 121 works that went under the hammer represented a cross section of the 'who's who' of late 20th and early 21st century New Zealand art. The auction generated over $1.1 million (hammer) on the night. Top price went to the superb Michael Parakowhai custom crafted guitar, titled 'Tua Rima from Patriot, Ten Guitars' which sold for $100,000.

Art thief steals painting worth more than $200,000 from Balmain home

7 July 2017

In a brazen suburban art heist, a thief has stolen an expensive painting from a Balmain home in broad daylight. Estimated to worth $200,000, the painting Comet by renowned New Zealand artist Colin John McCahon was stolen as the owner was moving house on Sunday. The opportunistic thief is believed to have stolen the artwork from inside the home on Beattie Street, Balmain.

‘World’s Most Expensive Painting’ Actually Sold for $90M Less Than Reported: Suit

5 July 2017

It was rumoured to be the world’s most expensive painting, a Gauguin masterpiece bought by the Qatari royal family in a deal that had the art world agog. Now a High Court battle has revealed the secret dealings behind the sale, as a broker known as “the Mick Jagger of art auctions” sues for the £$10 million commission he says is rightfully his. Simon de Pury claims there was a “gentleman’s agreement” to pay him handsomely if he secured the sale of Nafea faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry), a study of two Tahitian girls painted by Paul Gauguin in 1892.

Sir Logan Campbell portrait for sale after 100 year absence

3 July 2017

A treasured piece of New Zealand art, recently re-discovered after being lost to the art world for 100 years, will go under the hammer next month.

The existence of a portrait of former Auckland mayor Sir John Logan Campbell was only known about as its painter - Louis John Steele - was pictured in his studio in 1903 sitting in front of it.

Since then, it's been privately owned for more than 100 years, and never pubicly exhibited.

Mossgreen establishes a record auction price for a work by Russell Drysdale.

By Richard Brewster on 27 June 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

Russell Drysdale’s masterpiece Grandma’s Sunday Walk 1972 sold this week at auction in Adelaide through Mossgreen for a new artist’s record of $2.97 million against the pre-auction estimate of $1.8 to $2.2 million.

The Australian painter, who died in June 1981, achieved new fame with the sale, as the painting realised the sixth highest price at auction for an Australian artwork.  It is also the highest price recorded at auction since the sale of Brett Whiteley's My Armchair, 1976 was sold by Menzies in October 2013.

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Forthcoming Auctions

The Paddock - Late Afternoon, 1979
Brett Whiteley, The Paddock - Late Afternoon, 1979, Provenance: Robin Gibson Gallery, Sydney. Private collection, to be offered by Menzies Melbourne 10/08/2017, Lot No. 40, Est: $1,600,000-2000,000

Completed Auctions

Fisherman's Sights, Williamstown, 1956
John De Burgh Perceval, Fisherman's Sights, Williamstown, 1956, 91.5 x 121 cm, sold by Deutscher and Hackett Sydney 15/03/2017, Lot No. 6, Price: A$488,000