Although not a work on paper, top price for Day Two went to a painting by the reasonably prolific artist, Dean Buchanan. Entitled Large Flower Still Life (Lot 100 ) the hotly contested lot sold for $7,500.
Two very fine pencil drawings by the now Dunedin based artist Jeffery Harris, Nutty and Fruity at Okains Bay (Lot 107 ) and Two Families (Lot 126 ) both sold well above their respective estimates for $4,000 and $4,400 respectively.
An unusual small landscape oil by woman artist Mary McIntyre sold well at $5,600, Mary McIntyre along with Ian Scott were both represented by eight works each in the two day sale.
The feeding frenzy continued with another print from the Barry Lett Gallery Multiples Series by Robert Ellis. Motorways (Lot 152 ) which usually sells for around $500, sold for a staggering $2,300, and an intaglio print entitled Cloud Landscape (Lot 164 ) by Marilyn Webb from Dunedin sold for $2,100 against a pre-sale estimate of $400 - $600.
This was followed by another record breaking price for a small drawing by Rodney Fumpston, with Home Straight (Lot 167 ) inscribed 'for Kitty' selling for $3,000 against the pre sale estimate of $300 - $500. It was clear members of the extended family wanted certain special works at any price.
Strangely, the only work in the sale by an internationally recognised artist failed to attract much bidding. A colour screenprint by the American Robert Bechtie, 68 Nova pl. 5 (Lot 174 ) sold for only $800 against the estimate of $600-800, surely the bargain of the long night where lots of records for lower priced works tumbled as the good crowd of collectors vied for a piece of this major collection.
The second night added a further $251,000 (IBP) to the sale total, with 98% of the works sold by number and 262% by value, reflecting the high prices (or low estimates),
In all, the sale raised $2.982 million (IBP) over the two days.
But wait ... there will be more. At the end of this marathon event, auctioneer Sophie Copeland announced that a further 100 works are to be released from the collection at a future date through Mossgreen-Webb's and oh yes, I have it on good authority that Warwick Brown is already in a collection rebuilding mode... Glory be to God for artists and collectors!
All prices shown are hammer and expressed in $NZ unless otherwise stated.