The Collection of Adrian Burr and Peter Tatham - Vol. 1

Thursday 11 November 2021

The Collection of Adrian Burr and Peter Tatham - Vol. 1

6:30PM Online auction

Art+Object is delighted to present the two-volume catalogue for the landmark sale of the collection of Peter Tatham and Adrian Burr. The auction will take place online across two days, the dates for which have been revised due to Covid-19 restrictions, to November 11th and November 13th.

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. 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 published catalogue is in two volumes, the first dedicated to the sale of the art collection housed in their Auckland residence, and the second to decorator items, furnishings, artefacts, and applied arts and antiques which the couple lived with and treasured. The catalogue features writing and commentary from some of the country’s leading art historians.

Private viewings are possible under the current alert level, please email us at to arrange a time.

Our public programme will be held online. Further details will follow soon.

Talk by Peter Simpson: Bookending Greatness – two paintings by Colin McCahon

Talk by John Gow: From the Empire Tavern to Versailles; An Enduring Relationship

Click here to view Volume Two.

Further Information


    Ben Plumbly
    Director of Art