Prior Years Archive:
The final auction for the year by Webb's in Auckland on November 28 was heavy with works by Bill Hammond and the biggest (at 2.6 metres long) and best of them all was the <i>Farmer’s Market</i> which was passed in at the bidding, but sold for $280,000 (hammer) within the following 15 minutes. The sale grossed $2,023,385
By Briar Williams in Auckland on 29-Nov-2013 Exclusive to the AASD

Top lots find favour at Webb’s, Auckland.

It was a small, select crowd who attended the final Important Paintings and Contemporary Art sale of the year at Webb’s. Some of the best paintings of the year were here on offer and despite the attendance and some conservative bidding, Webb’s managed to find buyers for the top lots to end the year on a high.

The Art + Object sale in Auckland on 26 November grossed $1,443,000 (IBP) and cleared 60% by lot, with buyer 222 taking many of the choice lots, including the most desirable work in the auction, Pat Hanly’s <i>Golden Age</i>. Estimated at $120,000 - $160,000 the work had a steady start at $80,000 and slowly climbed upwards until the final sale price landed at $196,000 (hammer) setting a new record for Pat Hanly at auction.
By Briar Williams in Auckland on 27-Nov-2013 Exclusive to the AASD

Pat Hanly’s ‘Golden Age’ brings a golden day for Art + Object.

A small but perfectly formed group of works for sale, a stunning catalogue with each work sumptuously photographed, a well presented viewing and reasonably estimated, quality artworks – what could go wrong for the final fine art sale of the year for Art + Object?

Not much really, apart from some very slow audience participation which seemed to keep some of the prices close to reserve and failing to reach their full potential.


At the International Art Centre sale on November 20 the C F Goldie of Kawhena, Goldie’s first Maori portrait, sold to a local buyer for $NZ625,000 ($NZ732,000 IBP) setting a new record for the highest price achieved for an artwork sold at auction in New Zealand.
By Briar Williams in Auckland on 21-Nov-2013 Exclusive to the AASD

The ‘Rembrandt of New Zealand’ sets new auction record at the International Art Centre sale.

A balmy spring evening didn’t deter the buyers at the final sale of the year for the International Art Centre (IAC) in Auckland.

The front cover lot, Don Binney's ‘Kereru’ realised $82,075 (IBP), and sold to a private collector in the room.
By Briar Williams in Auckland on 26-Aug-2013 Exclusive to the AASD

International Action at Dunbar Sloane in Wellington

Dunbar Sloane’s Winter Fine Art sale had a varied and interesting selection of reasonably estimated works over a two day sale period in Wellington last week.

The Art + Object sale in Auckland of the Stellar Group Art Collection and New Zealand artworks from the Peter Fay Collection realised $945,000 (IBP) and cleared 60% by lot, including this unusual Milan Mrkusich <i>Painting 62-3</i> which sold for $45,000 (hammer).
By Briar Williams in Auckland on 16-Aug-2013 Exclusive to the AASD

A Solid Result for Interesting Artworks at Art + Object

Art + Object have a proven track record selling boutique collections so it was no surprise that they were given Stellar Group Art Collection and New Zealand artworks from the Peter Fay Collection to underpin their August Fine Art Sale. This sale also included important photography, another specialist area for the auction house so the sale had a large variety of works to suit the buyers.

Charles Tole's Port Moles was one of the most affordable in the sale and with its hard edges, restrained colour palette and modest scale this work is an outstanding example of New Zealand modernism, and many bidders realised its significance.  The painting finally realised $18,000 (hammer) against a low estimate of $6,000
By Briar Williams in Auckland on 14-Aug-2013 Exclusive to the AASD

McCahon Paintings Entice the Bidders at Webb’s Fine Art Sale

With a low end estimate of just over $3,000,000, Webb’s had an impressive but ambitious offering for their winter sale, at a time of year when consignments and sales can be a more difficult than the April and November auction rounds.  Of a 104 lot sale, just 5 lots comprised about $1,000,000 of the low end and the Webb’s staff would have been hoping for spirited bidding to get the results they needed.  Despite a blustery, rainy evening the room was full with at least 120 people in attendance at the start.