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The Ron Sang Collection: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 5th March 2015

Over three hundred collectors packed ART+OBJECT to witness one of the most successful art and collectable auctions in New Zealand history.  Over 98% sold under the hammer with lots regularly making two to three times their estimates.  Unsurprisingly, Don Binney's Katoomba Fatbird (1982), led the evening results bringing $304 850 against its $200 000 - $300 000 estimate.  The sales total stands at just over $1 900 000, over double pre-sale expectations. 

Some of the preliminary highlights included:

 Lot 2. Robin White $9965

Lot 4. Gordon Walters $14 770

Lot 9. Guy Ngan $22 980

Lot 10. Guy Ngan $37 520

Lot 14. Toss Woollaston $178 805 * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 16. Gretchen Albrecht $60 970

Lot 20. Allen Maddox $37 520

Lot 21. Pat Hanly $234 500 * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 22. Don Binney $304 850

Lot 23. Don Binney $158 285

Lot 25. Michael Smither $146 560

Lot 26. Michael Hight $42 210  * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 27. Robert Ellis $36 345    * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 28. Karl Maughan $49 245 * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 38. Ann Robinson $23 450

Lot 40. Michael Smither $4805 * A new record price for a print or multiple by the artist.

Lot 46. Pat Hanly $10 845 * A new record price for a print or multiple by the artist.


Lot 62. Sigurd Ressel $4320

Lot 68. Poul Kjaerholm $7200

Lot 75. Len Castle $8790

Lot 78. Len Castle Sulphurous Bowl $13 505 * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 88. Len Castle Blossom Vase $6300

Lot 93. Nicholas Brandon $2520 * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 97. Graeme Storm $1920

Lot 114. Len Castle $10 800

Lot 129. Len Castle $9360

Lot 141. Ray Rogers $5640 * A new record price for the artist.

Lot 161. Roy Cowan $10 800

Lot 162. Roy Cowan $12 605 * A new record price for the artist.


All prices listed include buyer's premium and GST.  A full list of prices realised will be available online shortly.

New Collectors Art, February 17: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 18th February 2015

ART+OBJECT's first auction for 2015 was held last night before a healthy audience of 100 - 150 collectors.  The top selling lot of the evening went to Dick Frizzell's The Fisher Man (1985) which realised $21 620.  Further preliminary highlights included:

 1. Richard Killeen $3000

5. Simon McIntyre $6605

8. Peter Stichbury $4080

15. Andy Warhol $4680 (illustrated)

21. Jae Hoon Lee $6005

35. Patricia France (Memories) $6485

37. Patricia France (Giving and Receiving) $5045

41. Max Gimblett $9010

62. Bill Hammond $5045

65. Guy Ngan $10 800

77. Philip Trusttum $6245

78. Star Gossage $6005

90. Ralph Hotere $4320

97. Gordon Walters $1920

109. Trevor Moffitt $6965  

110. Dick Frizzell $21 620

114. Nigel Brown $7205

128. Terry Stringer $6005

132. Jeff Thomson $7205

135. Jean Baudrillard $1500

142. Robin White $10 810

162. Gretchen Albrecht $2640

173. Ralph Hotere $3000

179. Chris Heaphy$1620

192. Max Gimblett $3120 

All prices realised include buyer's premium and GST.  A full list of prices realised will be published shortly.  

Art+Object on Instagram

By Art+Object on 21st January 2015

Art+Object is now on Instagram! Follow @artandobject for the latest news and behind the scenes access to Art+Object auctions.


A+O Christmas 2014 Greetings

By Art+Object on 22nd December 2014

The directors and staff of A+O would like to thank all of our clients, industry colleagues and friends for their support in 2014. We have been privileged to offer many collections and individual artworks and items of national cultural significance this year. We deeply appreciate those who come to our viewings and auctions as participants and observers, many of whom share their knowledge and appreciation with us as part of an ongoing dialogue about New Zealand visual and applied arts culture. We very much enjoy these interactions and take great pride that these conversations are also valued by our clients and visitors. We look forward to more of the same in 2015 which will be our 9th year of operation. 2015 will see a number of fascinating catalogues, not the least of which will be the Ron Sang Collection in early March of next year. The A+O office will be closed from today until Monday January 19th. In this period Hamish, Ben and Leigh can be contacted via email.

We wish you all a very happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year period.

Illustrated: Pat Hanly
Suburban Innocents
oil and enamel on board, 1983
1200 x 1200mm
$200 000 - $300 000
A feature work from the Ron Sang Collection to be offered on 5 March, 2015

Important Paintings and Contemporary Art: November 27th – Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 28th November 2014

ART+OBJECT's final major art sale of 2014 was a resounding success last night, featuring many strong results and a high clearance rate.  Over $1 150 000 was transacted under the hammer.  A few of the preliminary highlights included:

Lot 1. Michael Parekowhai $9380
Lot 3. Michael Parekowhai $9380
Lot 14. Molly Macallister $9965
Lot 18. John Pule $19 930
Lot 20. Gretchen Albrecht $72 695 * A new artist record
Lot 21. Colin McCahon $52 760
Lot 26. Bill Henson $43 340
Lot 27. Robert Ellis $19 930
Lot 31. Richard Killeen $46 900 (illustrated above)
Lot 34. Bill Hammond $73 865
Lot 36. Colin McCahon $79 140
Lot 37. Colin McCahon $123 110
Lot 38. Colin McCahon $117 250
Lot 39. Liz Maw $42 210
Lot 40. Tony Fomison $49 830
Lot 48. Pat Hanly $76 210
Lot 54. Richard Killeen $29 310
Lot 63. Elizabeth Thomson $12 895

*a full list of prices realized will be published shortly.  All prices include buyer's premium and GST.


By Art+Object on 25th November 2014

Art+Object's Important Paintings and Contemporary Art catalogue, which is currently on view at the gallery, will be put to auction on Thursday 27th November at 6:30pm NZT.

If you are unable to be present in the auction room and would like to place an absentee or phone bid please complete an Absentee Bidding form, which can be found on our website, and scan to by 4pm on the auction date.

Alternatively, the auction will also be available to watch live and real-time bid online at Live Auctioneers. Online bidders will need to register on the Live Auctioneers website. Apps are available for iPhones and android phones.

Visit the online catalogue to view the complete illustrated list of lots and for further information on viewing hours.

Content.02 Now Available

By Art+Object on 6th November 2014

A+O's annual magazine dedicated to NZ visual arts in the world is now available. This edition focusses on New Zealand artists and curators making their mark internationally. The magazine is designed to celebrate the growing global voice of our visual arts culture and features interviews with 2012 Walters Prize winner Kate Newby in New York, Francis Upritchard in London and former director of ARTSPACE Tobias Berger in Hong Kong. A+O also caught up with Simon Denny to discuss his 2015 Venice Biennale installation Secret Power. Content also journeys to Clandon Park in Surrey to explore the context of the venerable carved whare Hinemihi whose history is inextricably linked to some of the most dramatic events of 19th century Aotearoa.

You can view the magazine online or collect a complimentary copy at ART+OBJECT at 3 Abbey Street, Newton during the viewing for our upcoming Important Paintings & Contemporary Art catalogue from Nov 20 - 27. If you live out of Auckland you can request a complimentary copy of Content by emailing your postage details to A+O at (this offer will only apply for a short period as numbers are limited).

Nordic Design: Preliminary Auction Highlights

By Art+Object on 24th October 2014

Art + Object's first specialist Nordic Design auction was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of mid-century collectors as well as being watched online by numerous buyers. 

Highlights include:

5. Berhard Pedersen and Son Danish rosewood sideboard $3517.50

6. Ake Fribytter for Nelo Moblel pair of Swedish Kroken Lounge chairs and ottomans $6097

8. Hans Wegner for A.P Stolen early Papa bear chair and ottoman $16415 (illustrated)

24. Verner Panton original VP Globe pendant light $3048.50

26. Axel Salto for Royal Copenhagen green glazed budding stoneware vase $2814

67. Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen pair of AJ table lamps $1641.50

83. Hans Wegner pair of Butterfly chairs $6625

85. Poul Henningsen for Louis Poulsen pair of copper wall lights $3517.50

109. Henning Kjarnulf for Soro Stolefabrik set of eight scissor leg dining chairs $3283


All prices include buyer's premium and GST.  A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly.