About

About us
Art+Object is the country’s leading auction house, offering regular specialist catalogues of New Zealand and international historical, modern and contemporary art and applied art.

Art+Object was founded in early 2007 with the goal to bring a more contemporary voice to the Australasian auction scene. Directors Leigh Melville and Ben Plumbly bring decades of experience in the art and auction worlds together with significant business and professional achievements. Art+Object has pioneered the presentation of contemporary art and objects in an auction context; our very first auction set this direction and received great support from New Zealand collectors. Art+Object Directors are regular contributors to industry journals, public speakers, guest auctioneers, media commentators and have sat on peer review panels to public art institutions.

Art+Object holds ten to twelve auctions per annum. These are distinguishable by virtue of their often distinct theme and approach, along with industry leading catalogue design, exhibition display and online marketing which includes regular video presentations, online bidding and live streaming of auctions. These catalogues can be found in the archive section of our website.

The Art+Object team has over fifty years’ experience providing valuation advice to New Zealand's leading institutions, public galleries, museums and libraries as well as to private collectors and estates. Please refer to the valuation section of our website for more information on the services Art+Object provides in these areas. Art+Object's directors and staff are collectors and art lovers in their own right and it is fair to say the company was founded by collectors for collectors. This has resulted in Art+Object becoming the leading New Zealand auction house for the sale of large and diverse private and corporate collections.

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