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Rare Antarctic Books from the Library of Richard Reaney, April 11 2019: Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 12th April 2019

Following on from the success of the Important Paintings & Contemporary Art auction on April 4, the sale of Rare Antarctic Books from the Library of Richard Reaney on April 11 was one of Art+Object's most successful rare book and manuscript auctions to date. Art+Object is delighted to report an auction total of $354 000, with the highest price achieved $159 900 for Ernest H. Shackleton's first edition Aurora Australis which was a highlight during the auction viewing. Exceptional results were also achieved for the Diary of James Paton Boatswain S.Y. Aurora ($10 455), Ernest H. Shackleton's first edition three volume The Heart of the Antarctic from 1909 ($19 680) and an original unpresented Polar Medal - George V 1910 featuring four clasps from 1910-1917 representing various expeditions ($17 220). The auction was very well attended by local New Zealand collectors with spirited online bidding from collectors around the world.

Some of the preliminary highlights included:
6. Autograph Album - Terra Nova Expedition $1720
21. Apsley Cherry-Garrard - The Worst Journey in the World $5535
28. Discovery Expedition Aneroid Barometer $5045
31. Endurance Spar Two Fragments of Wood $2585
43. Mackinlay's Rare Old Highland Malt Whisky $305
50. George Murray - The Antarctic Manual for Use of the Expedition of 1901 $1970
52. James Murray and George Marston - Antarctic Days $11 070
53. Thomas Musgrave - Castaways on the Auckland Isles $1785
55. Diary of James Paton Boatswain S.Y. Aurora $10 455
57. Frank Hurley - Album of Antarctic Photographs $11 070
58. Original Unpresented Polar Medal - George V 1910 $17 220
73. Ernest H. Shackleton - The Heart of the Antarctic $19 680
75. Ernest H. Shackleton - Aurora Australis $159 900
80. E.H. Shackleton, L.C. Bernacchi and A. Cherry-Gerrard - South Polar Times $17 220
83. Griffith Taylor - With Scott the Silver Lining $1475
89. Frank Wild - Shackleton's Last Voyage $1105
124. Lars Christenson - Such is the Antarctic $575
180. Alfred Lansing - Endurance $190
266. Frank Worsely - Endurance, An Epic of Polar Adventure $705

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

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART, APRIL 4 2019: PRELIMINARY HIGHLIGHTS

By ART+OBJECT on 5th April 2019

Art+Object is happy to report a sale total of $2.635 million for its first auction of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art in 2019. The auction total includes the major Charles Frederick Goldie portrait of Atama Paparangi which has been successfully negotiated. A good crowd turned out for the auction and several landmark results were achieved including new record prices at auction for the work of Milan Mrkusich and John Pule.

Some of the preliminary highlights included:
1.  Kushana Bush $7085
3.  Peter Peryer $7205
6.  Fiona Pardington $37 235
10. Andrew McLeod $10 810
13. Shane Cotton $36 035     
18. Robin White $18 020
21. Terry Stringer $10 510
23. Ralph Hotere $25 225
24. Philip Trusttum $26 425
25. John Pule $44 445
26. Peter Robinson $18 020
35. Bill Hammond $48 045
36. Milan Mrkusich $240 240 * a new record price for the artist at auction
37. Milan Mrkusich $48 050
38. Colin McCahon $360 360
39. Charles Frederick Goldie $816 815
40. Don Binney $348 350
42. John Pule $80 480 * a new record price for the artist at auction
43. Don Binney $93 690 (illustrated)
48. A. Lois White $19 220
52. Ann Robinson $28 830
54. Ann Robinson $28 830
65. Ian Scott $7445
67. John Walsh $23 425
70. Ian Scott $22 820
72. Peter Peryer $8405

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

New Collectors Art, February 26 2019: Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 27th February 2019

Art+Object's first art sale of the year resulted in turnover under the hammer of $547 045. It was a very healthy start to the year with a large crowd, plenty of telephone and absentee activity making for a great auction, in what is hopefully a portent for another strong year for the New Zealand art market. The top price of the evening went to Tony Fomison's Monkey on your Back (illustrated) which realised $21 620.

Some of the preliminary highlights from last night included:
7. Don Binney $11 410
10. Gordon Walters $19 220
17. Ian Scott $6005
23. Peter Stichbury $7805
29. Gretchen Albrecht $12 010
30. Max Gimblett $20 720
31. Karl Maughan $14 415
40. Rita Angus $4805
41. Tony Fomison $21 620
66. Michael Smither $3720
72. Don Binney $9610
75. Gordon Walters $7205
77. Milan Mrkusich $13 210
79. Colin McCahon $6005
94. Ralph Hotere $9610
137. Nigel Brown $10 510
139. Trevor Moffitt $12 010
158. Paul Dibble $9005
173. Peter Robinson $7205
175. Man Ray $3120
177. Milan Mrkusich $9605
179. Stanley Palmer $9790
180. J. S Parker $10 090
198. Nigel Brown $3660
200. Patricia France $7805
202. Dean Buchanan $4325
210. Teuane Tibbo $4085
215. Len Castle $8405
216. Len Castle $9010
253. Colin McCahon $3240
280. Ava Seymour $3600
282. Laurence Aberhart $3600
284. Ben Cauchi $3360
288. Grahame Sydney $1560
289. E. Mervyn Taylor $3300
295. Rita Angus $2760
296. Theo Schoon $3600
297. Theo Schoon $3000
314. Toss Woollaston $2760
318. Jane Evans $3600
322. Hundertwasser $2280
323. Joan Miro $3600

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

Season's Greetings & 2018 Auction Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 20th December 2018

The ART+OBJECT team would like to thank all of our clients and visitors who have contributed to another busy and eventful year. 2018 again witnessed Art+Object finishing the year as the country's leading fine art auction house, with just over 10.7 million dollars of art sales through auction achieved.

It was a year in which we conducted our first auction in Wellington, the phenomenally successful sale of the collection of Lyn and Frank Corner at the National Portrait Gallery. This auction resulted in attendance of over 300 people and sales of 99% by volume and 130% by value. Another highlight was our final auction of the year of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art which realised a sale total of 3.4 million dollars and featured three paintings from the period of 1965 - 1970 by Don Binney, one of which sold for a new record price $684 685. Further record prices were also achieved during the year for the work of Tony Fomison ($385 585), Philip Clairmont ($331 530), Peter Peryer ($21 620) and John Tole ($37 235), in the second instalment of the Les and Milly Paris Collection in June, along with Rita Angus ($695 695) in the Corner Collection sale.

Taken together these results indicate the underlying strength and continued growth of the New Zealand art market across all tiers with renewed strengthening particularly evident at the top end where the best examples by our leading twentieth century artists continue to be increasingly sought-after.

Art+Object will be closed from Friday 21 December, re-opening for the new year on Thursday 17 January 2019. We take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and enjoyable festive season.

IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART: PRELIMINARY HIGHLIGHTS

By ART+OBJECT on 30th November 2018

Art+Object's final Important Paintings & Contemporary Art auction for 2018 was perhaps its strongest art auction of the year. Just over 3.25 million dollars of modern and contemporary New Zealand art was sold under the hammer. The top price of the evening went to Don Binney's magnificent Pastoral, Te Henga (1965 - 1966) which made a new record price of $684 685, against a pre-sale estimate of $450 000 - $650 000. Underlying strength was evident across all tiers of the art market with many strong and record prices achieved. 

Some of the preliminary highlights included:

3. Seraphine Pick $17 415
10. Heather Straka $20 420
12. Chris Heaphy $7805
15. Terry Stringer $12 910
16. Paul Dibble $36 035
17. Paul Dibble $39 640
19. Darryn George $12 010
23. Andrew McLeod $37 235
25. Michael Parekowhai $25 825
26. Fiona Pardington $36 635
29. Allen Maddox $22 820
31. Jeffrey Harris $64 865
34. Ann Robinson $27 025
38. Dick Frizzell $42 040
42. Colin McCahon $60 060
44. Toss Woollaston $45 045
47. Karl Maughan $32 430
51. Peter Robinson $93 690
52. Don Binney $426 425
53. Don Binney $348 350
54. Don Binney $684 685 * a new record price for the artist at auction.
55. Colin McCahon $216 215
56. Tony Fomison $192 190
57. Bill Hammond $144 145
58. Bill Hammond $103 300
59. Colin McCahon $62 460
67. Richard Killeen $31 230
74. Peter Siddell $61 260  

All prices include buyer's premium and GST of 20.12%. A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly. 

New Collectors Art | John Perry Collector & Modern Decorative Arts: Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 26th October 2018

Art+Object's October 24 & 25 spring catalogue featured over 600 lots in total and the total sale receipts after the two auction nights of over $630 000 (inc. buyers' premium) was a highly satisfactory result.

The New Collectors Art auction got proceedings underway with a catalogue that featured works from the Untitled Collection and works from significant private collections. Much of the interest in the catalogue also centred on fifty works from the estate of the renowned artist Ted Dutch (1928 - 2008). A busy auction room and plenty of action on the phones ultimately saw a virtual clean sweep of the Dutch artworks (52 of 53 lots offered selling under the hammer) and a new artist record at auction being set. Strong sales were also recorded for works by Karl Maughan, Heather Straka, Neil Driver, Terry Stringer, Jeff Thomson and Gretchen Albrecht.

The second evening consisted of 220 artworks, folk art and ceramics from the collection of the legendary artworld identity John Perry. The centrepiece of John's collection was a wonderful suite of works by Theo Schoon and Dennis Knight Turner with both of whom John enjoyed a close association with as a curator and close friend. Other highlights include strong pricing for rare New Zealand folk art and ceramics by Barry Brickell. The sale week concluded with Modern Decorative Arts which saw excellent prices achieved for Len Castle ceramics and modern design furniture.

Some of the preliminary highlights included:
2. Samantha Mitchell $6005
3. Tony de Lautour $5405
7. Star Gossage $7205
8. Peter Stichbury $7805
11. Karl Maughan $25 225
16. Heather Straka $9605
17. Neil Driver $12 250
27. Gretchen Albrecht $6125
46. Andy Warhol $3900
48. Terry Stringer $25 225
59. Jeff Thomson $12 010
62. Greer Twiss $8105
64. Ted Dutch $6905 * a new record price for the artist at auction.
78. Ted Dutch $4560 (illustrated)
88. Ted Dutch $3300
98. Ted Dutch $2940
126. Guy Ngan $8405
139. Ian Scott $6005
169. Gretchen Albrecht $14 410
170. Gretchen Albrecht $19 215
182. Ralph Hotere $6845
428. Dennis Knight Turner $8705
429. Dennis Knight Turner $7805
431. Theo Schoon $3600
435. Theo Schoon $12 610 *a new record price for a photograph by the artist at auction.
439. Theo Schoon $6605
514. NZ folk art carving $2760
516. NZ folk art carving $4800
575. Len Castle $5285
577. Len Castle $2280

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

Contemporary: Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 24th August 2018

Last night's mid-winter auction Contemporary achieved a sale total of $961 000 under the hammer with solid bidding featuring throughout and a high clearance rate.  Highest price of the evening went to Robin White's beautiful pencil drawing 'Self-Portrait with Harbour Cone' which realized $78 680, nearly double the top estimate. Some of the preliminary highlights included:

Lot 2. Katharina Grosse $36 035
Lot 3. Man Ray $3725
Lot 13. Peter Siddell $12 310
Lot 15. Peter Stichbury $11 110
Lot 19. Max Gimblett $36 035
Lot 24. Tony de Lautour $26 425
Lot 30. Jeffrey Harris $27 625
Lot 31. Pat Hanly $60 060
Lot 33. Bill Hammond $45 645
Lot 35. Dale Frank $36 035
Lot 36. Andy Warhol $16 815
Lot 45. Ralph Hotere $66 065
Lot 46. Colin McCahon $38 438
Lot 47. Robin White $78 680
Lot 51. Stephen Bambury $78 075
Lot 52. Judy Millar $24 025
Lot 53. Peter Madden $9610
Lot 56. Andrew McLeod $23 425
Lot 59. Ian Scott $13 215
Lot 61. Gretchen Albrecht $21 620
Lot 62. Rita Angus $33 630
Lot 67. Ian Scott $37 235
Lot 73. Peter McIntyre $24 025
Lot 75. Gordon Walters $21 020
Lot 77. Dick Frizzell $15 615
Lot 80. Billy Apple $9610

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

Preliminary Highlights: New Collectors Art

By ART+OBJECT on 24th July 2018

Art+Object reports turnover of $390 000 under the hammer from last night's New Collectors auction (24 July). It was a true old fashioned New Collectors sale with both strong prices and some good buying featuring throughout. A healthy crowd along with strong remote interest from the phones and the book resulting in a sold sell-through rate.  Some of the preliminary highlights included:

4. Emily Hartley-Skudder $2160
11.1 Reuben Paterson $6605
13. Stanley Palmer $3120
17. Ralph Hotere $8405
18. Robin White $3600
21. Gordon Walters $11 410
27. Karl Maughan $3900
30. Bill Hammond $3360
32. Bill Hammond $3120
37. Ralph Hotere $7205
42. Michael Illingworth $4085
58. Josh Lancaster $1320
62. Sean Scully $4085
67. Allen Maddox $22 820
75. Heather Straka $9010
79. Nigel Brown $8405
85. Samantha Mitchell $3000
87. John Ward Knox $4565
92. Don Peebles $4085
102. Barry Lett $9610
105. Barry Lett $12 010
120.  Anne Noble $3600
121. Stephen Bambury $13 210
127. Pat Hanly $15 615
138. Anne Robinson $22 820
143. Paul Dibble $4805
147. Terry Stringer $9610
151. Anne Noble $3240
157. Anne Noble $2460
160. Fiona Pardington $3600
177. Seraphine Pick $6605
183. Tony Lane $5405
188. Dean Buchanan $3840
189. Simon Kaan $3600
240. Annie Baird $1920
252. John Drawbridge $3720
257. Ron Left $1380

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