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By Art+Object on 15th August 2014

Colin McCahon
enamel and sawdust on board, 1964
Price realised: $51 590 

Just over a week on from the mid-Winter major art auction of Important Paintings and Contemporary Art, ART+OBJECT is delighted to report an auction total of $1.45 million and announce new record prices for Billy Apple, Ans Westra and Dame Ngaio Marsh.  Taken together with the April auction, which realised $1.8 million, ART+OBJECT comfortably leads the market for sales of major New Zealand art works at auction in 2014.    

The catalogue was perhaps most notable for the inclusion of many major modern and contemporary paintings with impeccable and interesting provenance.  Among these were Billy Apple's seminal transactional painting, Sold.  The artist will be the subject of a major and long-overdue retrospective at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki in 2015.  From the collection of the well-known buying collective The Future Group, Sold had been requested by exhibition curator Tina Barton for the retrospective and identified as a key work from the artist's Transaction series.  It sold for an unprecedented price at auction of $58 625.  Ralph Hotere's The Wind II was the second Song Cycle Banner to be presented to the market in as many auction catalogues.  It featured in Gregory O'Brien's publication 'Hotere: Out the Black Window' and sold in a negotiated sale for $170 000.  Colin McCahon's Homage to Ingres was gifted by McCahon to his then-dealer Don Wood and has resided in his collection ever since.  It sold for $87 935. 

Other noteworthy results include: Michael Parekowhai , Amiens ($23 450); Don Driver, Soft Hanging No. I ($15 240); Dick Frizzell, The Magpies ($23 450); Colin McCahon, Waterfall ($51 590); Seraphine Pick, Hideout ($58 625); Stephen Bambury, "It Recalled the Immaterialty of the Universe" ($44 555); Peter McIntyre, Start of the Roundup ($37 520); Michael Smither, Hapuka ($75 040); Colin McCahon, Helensville ($84 420); Paul Dibble, Soft Geometric ($58 625); John Pule, Arcadia ($22 275); Francis Newton Souza, Hampstead Terraces ($84 420) and R. N Field ($11 135).                

We now welcome consignments for our final auction of Important Paintings and Contemporary Art scheduled for November 27th.  Early consignments include important works by Richard Killeen, Don Binney, Colin McCahon and Milan Mrkusich.  Director of Art, Ben Plumbly will be visiting Wellington in the coming weeks conducting appraisals for the auction catalogue.

Ben Plumbly:
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Ralph Hotere
The Wind II
acrylic and dyes on canvas, 1975
Price realised: $170 000 


Seraphine Pick
oil on linen, diptych, 2006
Price realised: $58 625 


Peter Robinson
Bare Essentials
acrylic, ink, enamel and charcoal on canvas, 2009
Price realised: $28 140 


Ans Westra
gelatin silver print
Price realised: $9025 


Michael Smither
oil on board, 1979
Price realised: $75 040 

* All prices listed include buyer's premium and GST of 17.25%. 
A full list of prices realised will be published on the website shortly.

A+O team at the Melbourne Art Fair

By Art+Object on 14th August 2014

The A+O team and VIP guests joined thousands of art fans at the opening of the Melbourne Art Fair on Wednesday evening. Over 80 galleries from NZ, Australia, China, England, Germany, Indonesia and the US put their best foot forward at the venerable Royal Exhibition Building. A+O is the NZ VIP liaison, a role we also performed at last year's Sydney Contemporary. Hamish Coney and Leigh Melville joined numerous NZ collectors at the fair and numerous external events including a tour of the Naomi Milgrom collection at her Cremorne corporate HQ. Selections from her collection were recently exhibited at the Auckland Art Gallery.


 Dominic Feuchs and artist Michael Zavros at the Starkwhite stand.


 The blazing red Rolls Royce which formed part of the Starkwhite Zavros presentation. 


The Pearl Lam Galleries team including Megan Leckie and Pearl with collectors. A+O recently hosted Pearl Lam in Auckland to meet NZ art collectors and art proffessionals.


 NZ artist Richard Lewer with a solo presentation of recent work.


By ART+OBJECT on 8th August 2014

ART+OBJECT's mid-winter major art auction took place last night.  With a sale total of $1 050 000 and with several negotiations still in play, it was another successful evening for the New Zealand art market.  Preliminary highlights included:

Lot 1. Jae Hoon Lee $6448
Lot 3. Michael Parekowhai $23 450
Lot 6. Laurence Aberhart $9965
Lot 11. Elizabeth Thomson $12 310
Lot 12. Don Driver $15 240
Lot 15. Richard Killeen $43 380
Lot 18. Dick Frizzell $23 450
Lot 20. Peter Robinson $28 140
Lot 21. Colin McCahon $51 590
Lot 23. Seraphine Pick $58 625
Lot 24. Colin McCahon $87 935
Lot 27. Stephen Bambury $44 555
Lot 31. Peter Siddell $29 310
Lot 34. Peter McIntyre $37 520
Lot 41. Ans Westra $9025
Lot 47. Barry Lett $7620
Lot 59. Michael Smither $75 040
Lot 67. Paul Dibble $58 625
Lot 69. John Pule $22 275
Lot 77. Francis Newton Souza $84 420
Lot 84. Dame Ngaio Marsh $8205
Lot 85. R. N Field $11 135

All Prices listed include buyer's premium and GST.   


By Art+Object on 6th August 2014

Art+Object's second major art catalogue for 2014 will take place tomorrow evening, Thursday 7 August at 6:30pm NZT.

The auction will be available to watch live and real-time bid online at Live Auctioneers. Please note that bidders will need to register on the website. Apps are available for iPhones and android phones.

Alternatively, if you are unable to be present in the auction room and would like to place an absentee or phone bid please fill in an Absentee Bidding form, which can be found on our website, and scan to by 3pm tomorrow.

This catalogue is notable for the inclusion of several major contemporary and modern paintings with impressive exhibition history and provenance including: Shane Cotton's Ruarangi from 2000 which was included in both the City Gallery survey exhibition in 2003 and the Dunedin Public Art Gallery exhibition, Te Tīmatanga: From Eden to Ohaewai in 2000; Billy Apple's large transactional canvas Sold, which has been requested for inclusion in the upcoming Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki 2015 retrospective exhibition and which features in Francis Pound's publication Forty Modern New Zealand Paintings; Bill Hammond's large-scale 1997 work Jealous Lover (illustrated) which featured in the landmark exhibition, Jingle Jangle Morning; Colin McCahon's Homage to Ingres (1954), offered for sale for the first time and carrying impressive provenance, having been gifted by McCahon to his friend and dealer at the time, Ikon Gallery founding Director Don Wood as a wedding gift; Richard Killeen's 27 piece cut-out Know this Place (1993) which featured in the Stories we tell ourselves exhibition and was purchased From Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney.

Visit to view the complete catalogue.

New Collectors Art, June 24th: Preliminary Highlights

By Art+Object on 25th June 2014

Illustrated: 151. Mervyn Williams $11 725

With a preliminary sale total of $352 177, interest was very strong across our second New Collectors catalogue of 2014.  Centred around the collection of pioneering New Zealand art dealer Don Wood, the 235 lot catalogue featured several saleroom highlights.  Our next New Collectors auction will be held in September.  

Some of last night's highlights included:

4. Ted Dutch $1320

6. John Pule $4160

13. Nigel Brown $2460

16. Philip Clairmont $2815

23. Ralph Hotere $5570

29. Don Binney $4690

32. George Baloghy $8790

33. Peter McIntyre $6450

38. Colin McCahon $4690

41. Miranda Parkes $7035

45. Gordon Walters $7035

46. Tony Fomison $8205

47. Selwyn Muru $3515  

49. D. K Turner $7035

55. Pat Hanly $5510

57. Selwyn Muru $3985

123. Jeff Thomson, Cow $8500

124. Jeff Thomson, Bouquet $8790

136. Bill Hammond $4100

140. Pat Hanly $4690

141. Pat France $3985

142. Patrick Hayman $4220

146. Pat Hanly $13 480

152. Allen Maddox $11 140

153. Richard Lewer $5860

165. Nigel Brown $8205

179. Michael Smither $4690


*all prices include buyer's premium and GST.  

A full list of prices realised will be published shortly.      

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By Art+Object on 30th May 2014

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Modernism in New Zealand - Preliminary results

By Art+Object on 22nd May 2014

Illustrated: Lot 233 Theo Schoon Earthquakes Duntroon - $24 620

Schoon archive sets the market alight. A packed room with multiple bidders across all sections of the 300 lot catalogue resulted in a sale clearance rate of 78% and upper estimates exceeded repeatedly as bidders battled for key pieces from the collection of Rodney Robertson and the important archive of Theo Schoon Cave art and photography dating to the 1940s. The sale and catalogue proved again that collectors value provenance and history associated with New Zealand's cultural heritage and the growing appreciation for New Zealand modernist applied arts, design and visual art.

Auction highlights:

 Lot 5 Ted Dutch Signaller figure - $1875

7 Ted Dutch Signaller column - $3400

11 Ted Dutch stoneware monochrome figure  - $3165

37 Leo King Spherical Orb - $2050

45 Doreen Blumhardt coral series outdoor tables - $3165

50 Tony Fomison terracotta hanging form - $3045

70 Jose Bribiesca Chess Set - $3045

75 Edgar Mansfield Animism Sculpture - $3045

80 Bob Roukema Wingback chair - $3630

98 John Crichton wall charger - $4980

137 Roy Cowan large garden pot - $4455

144 Len Castle & Theo Schoon tablets - $11 725

 196 John Middleditch abstract sculpture  in copper - $2225

221 Theo Schoon Craigmore Pareora - $18 290

227 Theo Schoon Ford's Hanging Rock part 4 - $22 040

232 Theo Schoon Ahuriri River part 1 - $18 760

243 Theo Schoon Opihi River Taniwha - $3515

248 Theo Schoon Pareora River Bird Men - $3165

249 Theo Schoon/William Vance archive - $26 380

252 Dennis Knight Turner Painting no.6 - $8910

253 Don Driver Two Part Relief - $6210

254 Guy Ngan Blue Formation - $6095

268 Theo Schoon large Waiotapu mudpool study - $2985

274 Frank Hofmann Composition with Cactus - $5860

276 Frank Hofmann Kiri Te Kanawa - $4805

289 Colin McCahon Letterbox - $19 930


*All prices listed include buyer's premium and GST of 17.25%.

 A full list of prices realised will be published online shortly.

Exclusive Seresin Estate wine tasting at Art+Object - Tuesday 20 May, 6:00pm

By Art+Object on 7th May 2014

Join the A+O team and Seresin Estate winemaker Clive Dougall for the first tasting of Seresin's top of the range new season Pinot Noirs. You will have enjoyed Seresin wines at A+O openings - now is a chance to taste and acquire their superb new season Pinots. We have a limited number of places available at the tasting so it is first in first served - email to book your place. Clive will explain the exacting standards these great wines are crafted to and take us through a tasting of the new vintage. There will be offers on the night only available to A+O customers.

Exclusive launch of the new vintage Seresin Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs -
Art and Object, 3 Abbey Street in Newton
Tuesday 20 May, 6.00pm

Come and taste…
2011 Raupo Creek Pinot Noir
2011 Home Pinot Noir
2011 Tatou Pinot Noir
2011 Rachel Pinot Noir
2010 Sun & Moon