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IMPORTANT PAINTINGS AND CONTEMPORARY ART: Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 2nd December 2016

Art+Object's final auction of the year took place last night, rounding off a spectacular year for the New Zealand secondary art market in strong fashion. Total sales under the hammer (excluding subject offers and post-sale negotiations) were a healthy $1 260 000 with the highest price of the evening going to C. F Goldie's portrait of Ena Te Papatahi which made $288 290 (illustrated). Some of the preliminary highlights included:

Lot 5. Stephen Bambury $37 235
Lot 6. Seraphine Pick $18 015
Lot 8. Robyn Kahukiwa $20 420
Lot 16. Gordon Walters $72 070
Lot 17. Richard Killeen $44 445
Lot 43. Michael Parekowhai $25 225
Lot 52. Michael Parekowhai $24 625
Lot 54. Bill Hammond $66 065
Lot 62. Gregor Kregar $11 410
Lot 67. C. F Goldie $85 285
Lot 69. C. F Goldie $288 290
Lot 71. Gordon Walters $85 285
Lot 72. Milan Mrkusich $132 130
Lot 75. Milan Mrkusich $108 110
Lot 78. Bill Henson $34 235
Lot 84. Michael Smither $32 430
Lot 85. Greer Twiss $45 645
Lot 89. Stephen Bambury $18 020
Lot 91. Nigel Brown $27 625
Lot 95. Doris Lusk $7205

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

The Real Art Roadshow Collection: Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 2nd November 2016

The phenomenal ten year journey of Fiona Campbell's Real Art Roadshow ended in Art+Object's Newton saleroom last night. The auction was notable for solid results throughout, a high sell-through rate and unprecedented internet bidding. Sales on the night (excluding subject bids) stood at $1 045 000. Some of the preliminary highlights included:

Lot 1 Saskia Leek $4805
Lot 7 Octavia Cook $5045
Lot 13 Michael Parekowhai $15 315 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 17 Seung Yul Oh $10 210
Lot 19 Gretchen Albrecht $38 435
Lot 25 Bill Culbert $13 210 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 30 Layla Rudneva-Mackay $5045 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 32 Richard Stratton $5105 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 33 Harry Watson $12 010 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 35 Buck Nin $24 025
Lot 37 Harvey Benge $10 810 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 43 Ian Scott $54 055 * a new record price for the artist at auction (illustrated)
Lot 49 Joe Sheehan $8705 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 54 Neil Frazer $9910
Lot 60 Pat Hanly $84 085
Lot 61 Pat Hanly $60 060
Lot 64 Pat Hanly $37 235
Lot 65 Toss Woollaston $66 065
Lot 66 Toss Woollaston $99 100
Lot 67 Tony Fomison $24 025
Lot 70 Andrew McLeod $14 415
Lot 73 Michael Smither $44 445
Lot 82 Mark Braunias $9610 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 84 Allen Maddox $18 015
Lot 87 Maryrose Crook $9010 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 100 Paul Hartigan $10 210
Lot 104 John Pule $4325
Lot 108 Don Binney $9310
Lot 117 James Robinson $9610
Lot 129 Bing Dawe $2880 * a new record price for the artist at auction
Lot 141 Nigel Brown $16 815
Lot 156 Paul Maseyk $1230

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

The Real Art Roadshow: ONLINE & PHONE/ABSENTEE BIDDING

By ART+OBJECT on 1st November 2016

For those unable to be present in the auction room for the Real Art Roadshow auction this evening, Tuesday 1 November, online bidding and live streaming will be available via  liveauctioneers.com. If you are interested in bidding online please register directly on the Live Auctioneers website.  Apps are available for iPhone and Android phones.

Alternatively, phone and absentee bidding is available. Please complete an Absentee/ Phone Bid form and email to Art+Object  by 4:00pm today. 

Catalogue 107 New Collectors Art & Decorative Arts: Auction Summary

By ART+OBJECT on 6th October 2016

A+O's October catalogue concluded yesterday and recorded one of the most successful auctions of this type in recent years with total sales of over $650 000 and a raft of interesting highlights. On night one - Tuesday's New Collectors Art catalogue, a good crowd in the gallery and the positive effect of The Tim and Sherrah Francis Collection catalogue was evident in vigorous bidding and plenty of new faces in the room. Wednesday's Decorative Arts sale started off with energy as multiple international internet bidders competed for the Pacifica items in the catalogue. Bidding was also strong across the NZ studio pottery and modern design sections with strong prices recorded for works by Len Castle, Rick Rudd, Bronwynne Cornish and Doreen Blumhardt.

New Collectors Art  (Tuesday October 4) - a selection of highlights
Lot 12 - Gavin Hurley, Maman II - $13 210
Lot 21 - Dick Frizzell, White House - $12 010
Lot 25 - John Pule, Great Joy - $7805
Lot 32 - Bill Hammond, Fish Finder 1 - $5525
Lot 48 - Philip Trusttum, Akaroa - $6305
Lot 65 - Colin McCahon, Landscape from Woollaston's Mapua - $8105
Lot 72 - Buck Nin, Untitled (Rongopai Series) - $19 215 (illustrated)
Lot 92 - Brian Brake, Lake Wakatipu - $1920
Lot  97 - Michael Smither, Untitled - $4680
Lot  103 - Nigel Brown, Takaka Hills - $7205
Lot  113 - Stanley Palmer, Aotea, Kaitoke Morning - $5405
Lot  115 - Peter Stichbury, Juror - $4565
Lot  122 - Louise Henderson, Untitled from the Rarotongan series - $3840
Lot  131 - Greer Twiss, The Violin - $7805
Lot  136 - Barry Lett, Vivian Dog - $12 010
Lot  165 - Gary Baseman, Carrying Off to Toby Dreamland - $3600
Lot  172 - Doris Lusk, Untitled Nude Figure - $6485
Lot  175 - Colin McCahon, Wood Bay Window - $6905
Lot  184 - Graham Percy, Pianist at a Grand, Grand Piano - $2400
Lot  191 - Peter James Smith, At the Still Point of the Turning World - $5405
Lot  210 - Gary Waldrom, Head Study V - $3240

Decorative Arts (Wednesday October 5) - a selection of highlights
Lot  290 - Tongan carved hardwood headrest - $3300
Lot  305 - Fijian Ula throwing club - $1080
Lot  317 - Pair of Solomon Island paddles - $1920
Lot  321 - NZ Colonial apprentice chest - $1560
Lot  322 - Honi Himana Ronginui, Carved Tekoteko figure - $2400
Lot  333 - Len Castle, Red Volcanic bowl - $4440
Lot  346 - Bronwynne Cornish, Anubis Figure - $1740
Lot  359 - James Grieg, Landform bowl - $2400
Lot  363 - Guy Ngan, Abstract bronze form - $2880
Lot  368 - Elizabeth McClure, Battuto vase - $2160
Lot  385 - Layla Walter, Japonica with Swallow, cast glass - $10 810
Lot  393 - Barry Brickell, Saltglazed dog - $4320
Lot  395 - Bronwynne Cornish, Bastet - $2880
Lot  414 - Len Castle, Early ovoid vase - $6000
Lot  459 - Curtis Jere for Artisan House - $4800
Lot  475 - Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller - $2280
Lot  486 - Pair of vintage Barcelona Chairs - $3600
Lot  490 - De Sade snake sofa - $15 615
Lot  504 - Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller, pair of group chairs - $3240
Lot  528 - Pair of 19th century French armchairs - $5285

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

The Tim & Sherrah Francis Collection: Evening Two Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 9th September 2016

Another enthusiastic crowd gathered at Art+Object's rooms for the second evening of the remarkable Tim & Sherrah Francis Collection. On offer was a wonderful variety of items from the collection including artworks, ceramics and books. Collectors bid strongly for many of the items including Selwyn Muru's 'Hone Heke' (illustrated) which sold for $15 315 and Kate Newby's 'Loads of Difficult', much admired in the viewing, which sold for $5105.

Further preliminary highlights included:
Lot 124 Toss Woollaston $3240
Lot 133 T. A McCormack $3125
Lot 135 T. A McCormack $2042
Lot 141 T. A McCormack $2400
Lot 143 Shane Cotton $2400
Lot 147 Darryn George $3725
Lot 148 Matt Hunt $3725
Lot 152 Ian Scott $8710
Lot 156 Jeffrey Harris $3845
Lot 158 John Reynolds $4445
Lot 159 Jacqueline Fraser $8050
Lot 160 Colin McCahon $14,715
Lot 162 Dennis Knight-Turner $10,810
Lot 166 Fiona Pardington $12,012
Lot 168 Marie Shannon $3360
Lot 228 Ernest Shufflebotham for Crown Lynn $3005
Lot 232 Dorothy Thorpe for Crown Lynn $1920
Lot 255 Elizabeth Lissaman vase $4805
Lot 360 Keith Murray for Wedgwood $4505

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

The Tim & Sherrah Francis Collection: Evening One Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 8th September 2016

With a sale total in excess of 6.6 million dollars, The Tim & Sherrah Francis Collection is the highest grossing art auction in New Zealand history. Well over 300 collectors turned out to witness history being made. Top sale of the night went to Colin McCahon's 1969 masterpiece The Canoe Tainui (illustrated) at $1 621 620, the highest price achieved for an artwork at auction in this country. Some of the preliminary highlights included:

Lot 10 Andrew McLeod $43 240
Lot 11 Andrew McLeod $43 240
Lot 19 Peter Robinson $15 615
Lot 24 Laurence Aberhart $5525  
Lot 31 Philip Trusttum $15 015
Lot 33 Don Peebles $25 225 *A new record price for the artist at auction.
Lot 36 Douglas MacDiarmid $27 027 *A new record price for the artist at auction. 
Lot 38 Douglas MacDiarmid $27 027
Lot 40 Yvonne Todd $21 020 *A new record price for the artist at auction. 
Lot 48 Michael Illingworth $288 288 *A new record price for the artist at auction. 
Lot 53 Shane Cotton $302 700  *A new record price for the artist at auction. 
Lot 55 Gordon Walters $79 279
Lot 57 Gordon Walters $390 390
Lot 67 Tony Fomison $96 095
Lot 68 Rita Angus $306 306 *A new record price for the artist at auction. 
Lot 69 Rita Angus $201 801
Lot 70 Rita Angus $180 180
Lot 72 Colin McCahon $318 318
Lot 73 Colin McCahon $1 621 610  *A new record price for the artist at auction.
*The highest price realised for an artwork at auction in New Zealand.
Lot 76 Colin McCahon $324 325
Lot 77 Bill Hammond $240 240
Lot 79 Bill Hammond $63 063
Lot 86 Richard Killeen $70 870 *A new record price for the artist at auction.
Lot 89 Milan Mrkusich $212 612 *A new record price for the artist at auction.
Lot 99 A Collection of 66 Naïve Pictures $168 168
Lot 100 Charles Tole $44 445  *A new record price for the artist at auction.
Lot 108 William Dunning $42 042 *A new record price for the artist at auction.

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

An Interview with Tim & Sherrah Francis

By ART+OBJECT on 2nd September 2016

Click here to watch unique archival footage from 2011 of Tim and Sherrah Francis in their Wellington home discussing some of the key works from their collection.

THE TIM & SHERRAH FRANCIS COLLECTION

By ART+OBJECT on 10th August 2016

Art+Object are in the final stages of catalogue production for the phenomenal collection of Tim and Sherrah Francis. All lots will be illustrated online from next Friday 19 August and the hard-copy limited edition publication will be launched in Wellington on the evening of Thursday 25 August at Suite Gallery, 241 - 243 Cuba Street from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. Selected limited highlights from the collection will also be previewed that evening and will continue to be on view at Suite Gallery on Friday and Saturday 26 and 27 August from 9:00am - 4:30pm. The entire collection will be on view at Art+Object in Auckland from Thursday 1 September from 6pm.     

Over five decades Tim and Sherrah Francis assembled one of the most significant private collections of New Zealand art and ceramics in this country, much of which has never been seen before publicly. They collected many of our most significant artists in depth over multiple decades and their collection includes rare and museum quality artworks by Colin McCahon (5), Rita Angus (3), Michael Illingworth (4), Gordon Walters (6), Andrew McLeod (4), Yvonne Todd (7), Richard Killeen (5), Milan Mrkusich (5), Toss Woollaston (6), Bill Hammond (3) and many more.  Over 200 artworks will be offered across both evenings along with their collection of New Zealand pottery, Asian ceramics and books from their extensive art library.

mccahon - francis

Colin McCahon
Now is the Hour
ink and watercolour on paper, 1958
753 x 548mm
$140 000 - $200 000 

angus - francis

Rita Angus
Tree Cutting, Hawke's Bay
oil on board
596 x 596mm
$150 000 - $200 000 

todd - francis

Yvonne Todd
Alice Bayke
type C print, 1/3 (2002)
1040 x 830mm
$10 000 - $15 000