The Collection of Adrian Burr and Peter Tatham

Thursday 23 September 2021

The Collection of Adrian Burr and Peter Tatham

6:30PM 3 Abbey Street, Newton, Auckland

Art+Object is honoured to announce that it is to auction one of the country’s most significant private collections of New Zealand art.

Renowned as one of this country’s greatest art collectors and philanthropists, Adrian Burr, together with his partner Peter Tatham, assembled a collection that encompassed the finest quality New Zealand and international art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Adrian and Peter were founding benefactors of the ASB Waterfront Theatre and their support of The Arts Foundation is recognised with a Laureate Award in their names. The Burr/Tatham Trust Award, established in 2019, recognises and rewards an outstanding artist of any discipline. They were long-term Patrons of Auckland Art Gallery and members of the Chairman’s Council group of Major Foundation Donors that helped fund the gallery re-build which opened in 2009. Their generosity extended beyond the arts to encompass support for environmental issues, sport and mental health.

Intensely private yet fiercely passionate, their collection has been seen by very few and consists of many of the finest examples held outside of museums, by many of our most distinguished artists, including: Frances Hodgkins, Bill Hammond, Colin McCahon, Paul Dibble, Séraphine Pick, Shane Cotton, Ans Westra, Michael Parekōwhai, Chris Charteris, Russell Clark, Callum Innes, Dick Frizzell, Max Gimblett, Ngaio Marsh and many, many more. The auction will also include furnishings, artefacts and applied art and will be sold across two days on September 23 and 25, 2021.

Pre-sale estimates suggest that this could be the highest-grossing art auction in New Zealand history.

A limited-edition two-volume catalogue will be produced to mark the occasion. Click here to pre-order your copy.

Further details will be announced soon.

Illustrated above:

Peter Tatham and Adrian Burr together on the occasion of Adrian’s Seventieth Birthday Celebrations.

Further Information


Thursday 16th September 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 17th September 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 18th September 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 19th September 11:00 - 16:00
Monday 20th September 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 21st September 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 22nd September 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 23rd September 09:00 - 14:00
Friday 24th September 09:00 - 17:00


    Ben Plumbly
    Director of Art