THE BEV AND MURRAY GOW COLLECTION (2007)
The sale of 285 lots formerly being the stock in trade of
Auckland's oldest private gallery. Artworks included rare
19th century watercolours and photographs, mid
20th century modernist works on paper and canvases and
major works by some of New Zealand leading artists. A highlight of
the catalogue was the sale of Ralph Hotere's 1982 masterpiece
Towards Aramoana for over $240 000.
THE JOHN PERRY COLLECTION (2009).
John Perry is a legendary Public Gallery Director, archivist,
historian and authority on New Zealand's applied arts and material
culture. The sale of his collection was an event that attracted
collectors of every stripe and hue and great fun. The collection
included strong sections of taonga, tapa, folk art, rare prints and
NAPOLEON'S FINAL DAYS (2010).
Uncovered during an Antiques Roadshow fundraising event for the
Rotorua Art Gallery, this extraordinary collection relating to
Napoleon's last years on the island of St. Helena made the six
o'clock news and the front cover of the Antiques Trade Gazette. The
rest as they say is history!
SELECTED VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ESTATE OF BRIAN
A+O was favoured to offer 60 works from the estate of New
Zealand's most well known mid-century photographer. The catalogue
has been acknowledged as an important addition to the publications
on Brake and contained essays by leading writers including Peter
Simpson, Gavin Hipkins, Bruce Connew and Kriselle Baker. The A+O
team and guests also made a pilgrimage to Brian Brake's Ron Sang
designed home in the Waitakere Ranges thanks to the gracious
co-operation of the current owners. Highlights of this catalogue
can be viewed in the past archive.
THE DAVID AND ANGELA WRIGHT COLLECTION OF MODERN AND
CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND ART (2011).
Arguably the auction event of 2011. This superb
holding of 50 major works by many of our leading artists was one of
the most well attended art auctions ever held at A+O. Numerous
artist auction records were set. Highlight of the sale was the sale
of Bill Hammond's 2001 masterpiece Singer Songwriter for $322
ANOTHER VIEW: THE MICHAEL SERESIN COLLECTION OF
INTERNATIONAL BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY (2011).
Michael Seresin is a leading international cinematographer,
passionate New Zealander and winemaker. Over a number of decades he
assembled a world class collection of photography by many of the
leading figures of the early and mid 20th century. A+O
was honoured to offer this world class collection which resulted in
fierce competition between New Zealand institutions, private
collectors and international bidders.
THE MARTIN HILL COLLECTION OF INTERNATIONAL AND NEW
ZEALAND CERAMICS (2011).
This collection of impeccable provenance was nothing short of a
sensation. Rare examples of some of the most sought after makers
such as Dame Lucie Rie, Bernard Leach, Hans Coper and Shoji Hamada
attracted global interest and one of the highest clearance rates
ever recorded at A+O.
THE ROSS MORRISON COLLECTION OF 20TH CENTURY DESIGN
A+O produced a well-received catalogue to celebrate the sale of
one of the greatest collections of rare 20th century
design ever offered in New Zealand. Strong pricing was achieved
thoughout the catalogue with many new benchmarks recorded.
THE A.T. PYCROFT COLLECTION OF RARE BOOKS
One of the last and greatest private libraries created huge
interest from public archives and private collectors - with many
never been viewed rare items from this legendary historian and
collector. The result far exceeded all expectations to make it one
of A+O's most successful auctions.