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IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART, AUGUST 6: PRELIMINARY HIGHLIGHTS

By ART+OBJECT on 7th August 2019

Art+Object is happy to report a sale total of $1 202 795, realised under the hammer. Top price of the evening went to Andy Warhol's Marilyn which sold for $141 000 and new record prices were achieved for Barry Lett and Seung Yul Oh. Some of the preliminary highlights included:

1. Michael Parekowhai, $14 415
2. Shane Cotton, $9310
5. Pat Hanly, $19 220
10. Richard Killeen, $10 210
16. Brendon Wilkinson, $6605
19. Barry Lett, $30 030 * a new record price for the artist at auction
20. Seung Yul Oh, $21 620 * a new record price for the artist at auction
22. Terry Stringer, $20 420
26. Gavin Hurley, $19 220
29. Ralph Hotere, $49 250
34. Michael Stevenson, $12 010
35. Tony Fomison, $43 245
45. Greer Twiss, $28 830
47. Ronnie van Hout, $9610
55. Laurence Aberhart, $9610
59. Robin Morrison, $3960
60. Andrew Beck, $5405
67. Karl Maughan, $22 820
69. Grahame Sydney, $111 110
70. Pat Hanly, $84 085
71. Pat Hanly, $43 240
73. Michael Illingworth, $90 090
82. Ralph Hotere, $54 055
83. Richard Killeen, $69 670
85. Edward Fristrom, $16 815
89. Jeffrey Harris, $21 620
93. Dale Chihuly, $11 410
96. Nigel Brown, $24 025

Please note all listed prices include buyer's premium and GST. A full list of prices realised will be published shortly.

ONLINE, PHONE AND ABSENTEE BIDDING: IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART, AUGUST 6th

By ART+OBJECT on 5th August 2019

Online, phone and absentee bidding is available for Art+Object's winter auction of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art on Tuesday 6 August at 6:30pm for collectors unable to attend the auction.

ONLINE BIDDING
Register directly at www.liveauctioneers.com Apps are available for iPhone and Android phones.

PHONE AND ABSENTEE BIDDING
Complete an Absentee/Phone Bid form and email to Art+Object  by 4:00pm on the auction date.

LIVE STREAMING
The auction will be live streamed on Art+Object's Facebook page.

NEW COLLECTORS ART AUCTION, JUNE 27: PRELIMINARY HIGHLIGHTS

By ART+OBJECT on 28th June 2019

One of the healthiest crowds to attend a New Collectors Art auction in many years turned out last night and competed with strong absentee and phone bidders to drive the sale total to an impressive $575 000, under the hammer. This total excludes all subject bids and post-sale activity. Top price of the evening went to Milan Mrkusich's Journey One, Version III (Small) - illustrated above.

Auction preliminary highlights included:
7. Don Binney $7805
9. Stanley Palmer $2520
12. Llew Summers $4445
13. Llew Summers $5285
21. John Reynolds $1140
30. Milan Mrkusich $18 615
45. Andre Hemer $7805
48. Seraphine Pick $12 610
50. Tony de Lautour $5405
54. Ralph Hotere $6005
66. Len Castle $9430
97. Terry Stringer $7805
101. Dick Frizzell $13 210
104. Richard Killeen $4805
108. Shane Cotton $8405
110. Dick Frizzell $3840
112. Peter Siddell $10 810
114. Grahame Sydney $5405
116. Judy Millar $3600
128. Graham Kirk $4805
131. Colin McCahon $6245
135. Jenny Dolezel $6005
138. Edward Fristrom $6005
139. Peter Robinson $2700
143. Josef Albers $4805
146. Dennis Knight Turner $10 210
148. Thomas Elliott $7205
157. Ralph Hotere $12 010
159. Ralph Hotere $6605
167. Peter Peryer $4865
171. Fiona Pardington $3360
180. Gordon Walters $7205
182. Guy Ngan $10 810
217. Marian Maguire $4920
238. Savador Dali $1920
243. Dean Buchanan $3720
254. D.B.G Goodwin $5045
280. Shane Cotton $2280
291. Colin McCahon $2880
305. Colin Wheeler $3005
307. Robert Ellis $6605
319. Megan Jenkinson $2400
322. Simon Kaan $7205

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

Entries are now invited for Art+Object's next New Collectors Art auction, scheduled for September 2019. For enquiries contact Leigh Melville |  leigh@artandobject.co.nz  or +64 9 354 4646.

The Christopher Parr Collection Auction, June 26: Preliminary Highlights

By ART+OBJECT on 27th June 2019

The Christopher Parr Collection auction on Wednesday 26 June was Art+Object's most successful rare book and manuscript auction in recent years, only preceded by The Pycroft Collection auction in 2011, and achieved an impressive auction total of $560 000. Over a lifetime of collecting Christopher Parr accumulated the collection of rare, early New Zealand documents, Maori proclamations, printings and books of national importance with the auction granting collectors the opportunity to acquire material unlikely to ever be seen on the market again. The auction was well attended by New Zealand collectors and institutions, with strong bidding from absentee and phone bidders. The highest prices achieved were $34 440 for lot 201 Hobson's second amended Declaration of Sovereignty over the Islands of New Zealand, $38 130 for lot 205 Hobson's Declaration of Sovereignty - a rare first printing, and $40 590 for lot 297 Joseph Jenner Merrett's Warrior Chieftains of New Zealand watercolour.

Preliminary highlights from the auction included:

Lot
6. Robert Burford Description of the Bay of Islands $2275
21. James Cook Complete set of the Three Voyages $23 985
29. Barnet Burns A Brief Narrative of a New Zealand Chief $4305
51. John Savage Some Account of New Zealand $7870
58. Edward Wakefield Illustrations to Adventure in New Zealand $15 375
176. Patu Onewa Stone Mere $4920
193. James Busby The British Resident at New Zealand $19 065
201. Hobson's second amended Declaration of Sovereignty $34 440
202. Treaty of Waitangi Proclamation 1840 $30 750
204. Treaty of Waitangi Proclamation in Maori 1840 $30 750
205. Hobson's Declaration of Sovereignty - a rare first printing $38 130
207. Prospectus of an Institution of the Maintenance and Education of Children $11 070
209. Gazette Extraordinary, New Zealand No.1 $3690
222. St Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians and Philippians $8915
226. Hawkes Bay William Colenso Letters $30 750
227. The Gospel according to St Luke $6455
259. Busby & Goderich - Address and Letter $2460
262. Thomas Kendall A Grammar and Vocabulary of the Language $13 220
273. Multiplication table for Maori Pupils $5045
288. George French Angas The New Zealanders Illustrated $18 450
297. Joseph Jenner Merrett's Warrior Chieftains of New Zealand watercolour $40 590
299. John Arrowsmith The Harbour and City of Auckland $3690
315. Waikato-Maniapoto Opposition to WW I Conscription photo album $5660

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

Entries are now invited for Art+Object's next Rare Books auction, scheduled for August 2019. For enquiries contact Pam Plumbly | pam@artandobject.co.nz or +64 9 354 4646.

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.