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Christmas Greetings 2015

By Art+Object on 22nd December 2015

The directors and staff would like to thank our clients for contributing to a record year in 2015.

However, we also have some extra special news to announce - yesterday morning James Parkinson and his wife Jo Hathaway welcomed a baby boy, Ardan, to their family. Mother and baby are doing well, both resting and looking forward to a wonderful Christmas together. Please email any messages to Hamish@artandobject.co.nz to pass onto James and Jo or pop in next year to congratulate the new Dad.

A+O will be closed from today and will re-open on Monday the 18th  of January. In the meantime  we wish you a very happy and safe Christmas and New Year celebrations.

Illustrated:
Don Binney
Katoomba Fatbird
oil and acrylic on board, 1982
$304 850* a new artist record at auction
From the collection of Ron Sang

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS AND CONTEMPORARY ART, NOVEMBER 26: PRELIMINARY HIGHLIGHTS

By Art+Object on 27th November 2015

ART+OBJECT are very happy to report on a strong sale last night, our final auction of Important Paintings and Contemporary Art.  Just over $1 600 000 of art sales were transacted under the hammer and with some post-sale subjects to be concluded it is hoped we may record our second sale total in excess of $2 000 000 this year.  The sale started at the earlier time of 6:00pm with The Whakairo Group Collection which comprised of 36 lots and brought in a total of $120 000.  The top selling lot of the evening went to C. F Goldie's stunning portrait of Wiripine Ninia (illustrated) which bought $304 000.

Preliminary highlights included:

The Whakairo Group Collection
Lot 1 Bill Hammond $8910
Lot 5 Ans Westra and Wayne Youle $6095
Lot 9 Andrew McLeod $8790
Lot 13 John Drawbridge $5980
Lot 20 Tony de Lautour $10 260
Lot 27 Euan MacLeod $8500

Further works from mixed vendors
Lot 37 Gordon Walters $15 240
Lot 38 Michael Parekowhai $12 895
Lot 40 Ronnie van Hout $16 415 * a record price for a work by this artist at auction
Lot 44 Karl Maughan $19 345
Lot 45 Jae Hoon Lee $9965
Lot 59 Laurence Aberhart $11 725
Lot 74 Pablo Picasso $17 585
Lot 76 Michael Illingworth $41 035
Lot 81 Tony Fomison $25 795
Lot 82 Max Dupain $28 140
Lot 83 Gordon Walters $46 900
Lot 88 Milan Mrkusich $69 175
Lot 95 Milan Mrkusich $58 625
Lot 96 Don Binney $175 585
Lot 97 C. F Goldie $304 850
Lot 98 Shane Cotton $52 760
Lot 102 Toss Woollaston $175 875
Lot 105 Bill Hammond $87 930
Lot 112 Max Gimblett $26 965
Lot 24 Peter McIntyre $28 140

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

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS AND CONTEMPORARY ART: ONLINE & PHONE/ABSENTEE BIDDING

By Art+Object on 25th November 2015

For those unable to be present in the auction room for tomorrow's Important Paintings and Contemporary Art auction 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 2pm tomorrow, Thursday 26 November. 

September New Collectors Art & Decorative Arts: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 3rd September 2015

Tuesday and Wednesday night's New Collectors Art & Decorative Arts auctions were among the stronger held in their respective categories in recent years.  Healthy crowds, strong prices and high sell-through rates were features of both nights.  A combined sale total across both genres was $822 713 and the top selling lot went to lot 622, the 19th century Kahu kiwi, Kingmaker's cloak which sailed above its estimate to realise $128 528.  Some of the preliminary highlights included:

New Collectors Art:
Lot 2. Michael Parekowhai $10 510
Lot 3. Michael Parekowhai $9128
Lot 28. Stephen Bambury $6005
Lot 38. Milan Mrkusich $6005
Lot 49. Fiona Pardington $4205
Lot 69. Nigel Brown $15 615
Lot 89. Neil Dawson $9610
Lot 90. Barbara Hepworth $4505
Lot 101. Victor Vasarely $6005
Lot 119. Peter McIntyre $6005
Lot 127. Robin White $7505
Lot 153. Ralph Hotere $7205
Lot 159. Colin McCahon $8710
Lot 160. Gordon Walters $7745
Lot 161. Garth Tapper $12 100
Lot 178. Marti Friedlander $3725
Lot 203. Stanley Palmer $6125
Lot 231. Trevor Moffitt $11 710
Lot 262. Ian Scott $11 110
Lot 266. Simon Kaan $7505
Lot 268. Trevor Moffitt $11 410

Decorative Arts:
Lot 322. A.W.A Radiolette $2700
Lot 621. Jacob Heberley Tokotoko $3725
Lot 622. The Kingmaker's cloak $128 528
Lot 645. A.R.D Fairburn $8405
Lot 646. A.R.D Fairburn $8405
Lot 662. Joe Colombo Chair $6605
Lot 663. H. W Klein chair $5045
Lot 692. Eames Chair $7565
Lot 793. Frank Carpay $3960
Lot 900. Len Castle $6605
Lot 901. Len Castle $4205
Lot 1015. Sevres Clock $4805
Lot 1036. Lapini Bust $4085

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

CONTENT.03 NOW AVAILABLE

By Art+Object on 12th August 2015

A+O publishes Content magazine on an annual basis to take the pulse of our arts scene and to celebrate the artists, collections and collectors who make a difference to the visual culture of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The magazine is available on a complimentary basis and can be read online here or by collecting a copy at ART+OBJECT.

This edition is focused on some of the major gallery stories of 2015, the recent opening on the Govett-Brewster Gallery/Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth and the imminent opening of the Christchurch Art Gallery after nearly five years closed. Content contains exclusive interviews with the gallery directors who explain what the future holds for these two vital art institutions. Elsewhere Content uncovers a vital body of photographs by Robin Morrison, charts the journey of a celebrated Charles Goldie canvas, examines the role of the architect and theorist Maurice K. Smith and celebrates the contribution of Fiona Campbell and the Real Art Roadshow.

Important Paintings and Contemporary Art, August 6th: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 7th August 2015

Last night's mid-winter auction was a strong one with a good crowd, strong bidding and a healthy sell through rate all featuring.  The evening's top lot went to Colin McCahon's Cross I for $97 317 (illustrated) and total auction sales under the hammer were a fraction over $1 000 000, excluding subjects.  Some of the highlights included:

Lot 1. Michael Parekowhai $9670
Lot 3. Stephen Bambury $29 310
Lot 8. Peter Robinson $7915
Lot 14. Michael Parekowhai $41 035
Lot 18. Dale Frank $41 035
Lot 21. Peter Robinson $15 828
Lot 22. Bill Henson $27 550
Lot 29. Stephen Bambury $14 070
Lot 30. Gregor Kregar $10 250
Lot 49. Jae Hoon-Lee $11 135
Lot 53. C. F Goldie $50 415 * A new record price for a work on paper by the artist at auction.   
Lot 55. Colin McCahon $97 317
Lot 59. Michael Smither $22 275
Lot 62. Toss Woollaston $29 310
Lot 63. Peter Robinson $35 175
Lot 65. Robert Ellis $29 310
Lot 67. Geoff Thornley $17 585
Lot 71. Richard Killeen $37 520
Lot 73. Max Gimblett $41 620
Lot 75. Arnold Wilson $43 380 * A new record price for the artist at auction.
Lot 83. Gavin Hipkins $3045
Lot 93. Anne Noble $3810
Lot 94. Laurence Aberhart $7035
Lot 102. Allen Maddox $21 105
Lot 104. Gretchen Albrecht $19 930
Lot 109. Patricia France $12 310 * A new record price for the artist at auction. 
Lot 111. Ian Scott $19 930

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

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS AND CONTEMPORARY ART: ONLINE & PHONE/ABSENTEE BIDDING

By Art+Object on 4th August 2015

For those unable to be present in the auction room for Thursday's Important Paintings and Contemporary Art auction 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 iPhones and Android phones.

Alternatively phone and absentee bidding is available. Please complete an Absentee/ Phone Bid form and  email to  Art+Object  by 2pm on the auction date. 

The Collection of Dame Judith Binney and Sebastian Black: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 4th June 2015

Despite the inclement Auckland weather a very good crowd of collectors turned out last night for the auction of The Collection of Dame Judith Binney and Sebastian Black.  Total sales on the night were $600 000 and the top selling lot went to Brent Wong's 1971 masterpiece, Capitulation which set a new record for the artist's work at auction bringing $146 560.  Some of the preliminary highlights included:

Lot 1 Julian Hooper $4220
Lot 5 Greer Twiss $6915
Lot 10 Barry Lett $3750
Lot 12 Pat Hanly $7270
Lot 15 Caludia Pond-Eyley $6445
Lot 26 Gretchen Albrecht $34 000
Lot 27 Gordon Walters $64 485
Lot 30 Greer Twiss $49 245 * a new record price for the artist's work at auction
Lot 33 Brent Wong $146 560  * a new record price for the artist's work at auction (illustrated)
Lot 35 Colin McCahon $79 730
Lot 43 Robert Ellis $5860
Lot 44 Colin McCahon $5625
Lot 49 Ralph Hotere $5570
Lot 50 David Armitage $5860
Lot 52 Ralph Hotere $35 175
Lot 54 Don Binney $4570
Lot 59 Don Namundja $1875
Lot 60 Ginger Riley $3870
Lot 63 Marilyn Webb $1230
Lot 76 Philip Trusttum $3400
Lot 78 Alan Taylor $1700
Lot 84 D. Carrau $1025

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