Season's Greetings & 2019 Auction Highlights

End of Year Highlights
Posted on 20 December 2019

The Art+Object team would like to thank all of our clients and visitors who have contributed to another successful and eventful year.

2019 has produced numerous highlights, foremost among them was the exclusive presentation and sale of paintings by New Zealand's preeminent painter Colin McCahon, in the centenary year of his birth. Another highlight was the first sale of the year of Important Paintings & Contemporary Art which realised a sale total of 2.635 million dollars and featured new record prices for the work of Milan Mrkusich and John Pule as well as the sale of Charles Goldie's Portrait of Atama Paparangi, which was the highest value painting to sell at auction in New Zealand this year.

Our Rare Book Department had its strongest year on record with single-vendor auctions devoted to the life-time collections of Ron Keam and Christopher Parr, both realising in excess of $500 000 each. The first book and manuscript auction of 2020 will be dedicated to the library of another important local collector, Peter Stratford, and will be a highlight of the coming auction year.

Our valuation department completed many significant public and private valuations in 2019 including large-scale institutional mandates for Otago Polytechnic, the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, Invercargill Art Gallery, Akaroa Museum and the Sarjeant Gallery.

Further to this, fundraising and charity auctions were conducted for The Suter Art Gallery in Nelson, The Arts Foundation, Christchurch Art Gallery Friends, Newton Primary School, Auckland Pride, Mapura Studios, Objectspace in Auckland, and Te Uru Waitakere.

Art+Object will be closing today, Friday 20 December, and re-opening for the new year on Monday 20 January. We take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and enjoyable festive season.

Image (above): Colin McCahon, Annunciation (gouache on paper laid onto board, 1958), $300 000 - $400 000, Realised $360 360.