By John Perry in Auckland, on 14-Apr-2016

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.

In their forthcoming auction to be held on 19th of April, Cordy's will offer a very rare original watercolour by Augustus Earle (1793-1839) titled 'Albatross, Tristan d' Acunha' from 1824 which is expected to sell for between $50,000 and $70,000.

In 2014 Cordy's celebrated their 50th year of business and has been achieving some quite spectacular results in the fine and decorative arts and antiques.

This year, standout results have included $102,000 for two paintings from the estate of Melbourne born artist Roy Dalgarno (1910-2001).

Collected by Roy during the time he spent in New Delhi, these paintings by Bhupen Khakhar (1934-2003) one of the fathers of Pop Art in India, the paintings sold extremely well considering they had the classic back story attached to them of having been rescued out of Roy's garage over a decade after he had died. The original pre sale estimates were revised somewhat from $8,000-12,000 to $20,000-30,000

A nunber of the Indian prints and drawings by Francis Edward Souza (1924--2002) and that generation of Indian artists also sold well with prices for some reaching over $20,000.

More recently an early oil painting of a Pipiwharauroa 1964 by Don Binney (1940-2012) sold for $90,000 and a large copperplate engraving The Death of Captain Cook drawn by John Webber, the artist on Captain Cook's ill fated third voyage sold for $17,500.

In their forthcoming auction to be held on 19th of April a very rare original watercolour by Augustus Earle (1793-1839) titled Albatross, Tristan d' Acunha from 1824 is expected to sell for between $50,000 and $70,000.

For this long established auction house these results are very pleasing and in all cases are examples that have far exceeded initial expectations.

All prices shown are in $NZ.

Sale Referenced: Antiques & Fine Art (Art lots only), Cordy's, Auckland, 19/04/2016

About The Author

John Perry is known locally as a collector / consultant / curator/ educator and artist and is a former director of the Rotorua Museum of Art and History. For the last 20 years has worked as an antique dealer specializing in ''man made and natural curiosities'' from an old art deco cinema on the outskirts of Auckland. Over the last 16 years he has developed a multi million dollar collection of 19th and 20th century artworks for the Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust. He recently donated 120 artworks from his collection in various media to the East Southland Art Gallery in Gore. A committed ''art o holic'' he continues to develop collections of New Zealand and International fine art / folk art / ceramics and photography for future usage in a private/public ARTMUSEEUM of NEWSEELAND, not to be confused with Te Papa Museum of New Zealand.