The top price of the evening was for a work from 1975, Drawing, (Lot 173 ) by Christchurch based artist Don Peebles selling for $13,000 followed closely by one of the few works in the collection by Maori artist Selwyn Muru entitled Hone Heke (Lot 163 ) an infamous Maori Chief from the far north, famous for his chopping down the Colonist flagpole in the early 19th century, with a hammer price of $12,750 against a pre sale estimate of $4,000-$6,000.
This was followed closely by Colin McCahon's cubist style lithograph, Kauri Tree (Lot 160 ), originally published by Peter Webb in a small edition of 50 way back in 1956. Normally (if there is such a thing) they usually sell for between $4,000-$6,000 but on the night selling for $12,250.
The small untitled abstract painting by Dennis Knight Turner (Lot 162 ) that started the newly-wed Francis couple on their life-long passion for collecting contemporary New Zealand Art attracted spirited bidding, and sold for $9,000 with a postal bidder prepared to go along way further according to Art + Object auctioneer Ben Plumbly.
A rather curious elaborately framed early work by Fiona Pardington, Great Expectation, (lot166) from 1988 sold well at $10,000 while a small collection of block prints near the end of the fine art section all sold well above the tail-end estimates with Hilda Wiseman's print of a tui (Lot 205 ) sold for $2,000 against a presale estimate of $100-$200
The tail section of the dispersal sale was sub-divided into four parts, three of ceramics and one of books.
Top prices for the New Zealand Historical and Contemporary ceramics section went to a small piece of pottery (lot 255) made in 1926 by the pioneer woman potter Elizabeth Lissaman decorated with dinosaurs amongst foliage. This 160 mm high little pot sold at the upper estimate for $4,000, while a timeless matt white hand potted vase by Ernest Shufflebotham (lot 229) sold for $2,750. A majolica glazed umbrella stand by the 19th century brick maker and potter George Boyd of Newton Potteries Auckland sold for $3700.
In the International Ceramic section, the top price went to an early Hans Coper vase (lot 347) selling for $4,250.
The final section of the sale comprised Asian Ceramics, assembled while Tim and Sherrah Francis were on a diplomatic posting in Singapore, and top price was for a small Chinese tea bowl (lot 377) from the Song Dynasty which sold for $1050
In all just over $6.6 million of mainly 20th & 21st century New Zealand material culture has changed hands in the two day record breaking sale establishing a whole raft of auction records and exceeding the older high water mark that Art & Object created back in September 2012 with the Les and Milly Paris sale of just over $4 million.