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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



By Art+Object on 6th May 2014

Art+Object's upcoming auction catalogue of Modernism in New Zealand will be published this week, and available to view online and in hard form in the coming days. The catalogue will be on view from Thursday 15 May at 3 Abbey Street in Newton, and the auction will take place on Wednesday 21 May at 6:30pm.

In the meantime, browse through highlights from our Important Paintings and Contemporary Art auction in early April, which included a new record price for Milan Mrkusich's work at auction as well as impressive sales for work by Bill Hammond, Ralph Hotere, Michael Illingworth, and Colin McCahon. With a sale total of 1.8 million dollars the market for quality and well-provenanced art in this country continues to rise steadily, as does Art+Object's market share with the auction total being the highest achieved across the round of Autumn art auctions.

Consignments are now invited for Art+Object's next Important Paintings and Contemporary Art auction catalogue in August 2014.                                                          

Contact Ben Plumbly, Director of Art - 021 222 8183 or

Rare Books: Auction Report

By Art+Object on 28th April 2014

A very buoyant first book sale of the year was held on April 9 2014 with strong and spirited bidding throughout, the highest price achieved being $33,046 for a set of rare aquatints "Views in the South Seas" by John Cleveley from Captain James Cook's 3rd voyage (lot 178).

High prices were also achieved for the postcards, with Auckland photographic scenes particularly sought after.

 Other highlights were:

Lot 134 Hugh Carleton - A Page from the Early History of New Zealand by Metoikos. $1576

Lot 184 George Forster - A Voyage Round the World… $5335

Lot 185 Johann Reinhold Forster - Observation Made During the Voyage… $3031

Lot 186 John Hawkesworth - An Account of the Voyages Undertaken by Order of his Present Majesty…  $4850

Lot 200 W.L. Buller - A History of the Birds of New Zealand [1873]. $10,914

Lot 202 Mrs Featon - The Art Album of New Zealand Flora.  $1576

Lot 222 Plunket Shield and Canterbury Cricket Souvenir.  $1212

Lot 233 Man of Everest signed by Tenzing . $606

Lot 387 McCahon and Baxter - Letters and Documents.  $2425

 *All prices include buyers premium and GST.

 To view a complete list of prices realised please click here.


Cataloguing has commenced for Art + Object's next Rare Book auction, scheduled for mid-2014, and entries are invited.

Please direct all inquiries to Pam Plumbly, Book Consultant


Phone: 09 354 4646

Mobile: 021 448200

Art + Object, 3 Abbey St, Newton, Auckland 1010

Important Paintings and Contemporary Art: Preliminary Sale Summary

By ART+OBJECT on 4th April 2014

Illustrated: Lot 55: Milan Mrkusich $125 455* New artist record price at auction 

The Strip Club Collection:
Lot 2. Andrew Barber $7500
Lot 3. Andre Hemer $1875
Lot 9. Sam Mitchell $5630
Lot 10. Seraphine Pick $6450
Lot 11. Miranda Parkes $9380
Lot 13. Saskia Leek $5040
Lot 15. Liz Maw $15 240
Lot 29. Gavin Hurley $5390

Further New Zealand Art Works:
Lot 31. Pat Hanly $17 580
Lot 41. Simon Ingram $7620
Lot 42. Sara Hughes $11 725
Lot 48. Gretchen Albrecht $34 000
Lot 54. Allen Maddox $64 490
Lot 56. Bill Hammond $140 700
Lot 58. Colin McCahon $263 810
Lot 59. Colin McCahon $146 560
Lot 62: Ralph Hotere, Vidyapati's Song (1975). Realised $257 950
Lot 64. Michael Illingworth $137 770
Lot 73. Gottfried Lindauer $87 935
Lot 78. Paul Dibble $12 020
Lot 81. Andrew McLeod $10 550
Lot 86. Marti Friedlander $6450
Lot 91. Geoff Thornley $10 550

*All prices listed include buyer's premium and GST of 17.25%.  A full list of prices realized will be available shortly.  


By Art + Object on 2nd April 2014

Art + Object's first major art auction for 2014, Important Paintings and Contemporary Art, will take place tomorrow evening, Thursday 3 April, at 6:30pm NZT.

This distinctive catalogue is notable for the inclusion of a major suite of works by Colin McCahon and signature works by Frances Hodgkins, Michael Illingworth, Ralph Hotere, Bill Hammond, Gretchen Albrecht and Gottfried Lindauer. The catalogue also includes the collection of the Strip Club, a contemporary buying group who focussed on works by artists exhibiting on Auckland's Karangahape Road. The Strip Club collection features works by Andrew Barber, Andre Hemer, Seung Yul Oh, Sam Mitchell, Liz Maw and Seraphine Pick.

The auction catalogue will be available to view and real-time bid online at Live Auctioneers. Bidders need to be registered on the website to bid. Apps are available for iphones and android phones.                                                      

If you are not able to be present in the auction room on the night 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 2pm tomorrow.