Next week the Auckland auction houses get underway with their first 'Important Art' Sales Categories of the year. First is International art Centre on Wednesday 6th April - starting at 6.30pm. Headlining is the last Goldie Portrait which may be the first Goldie to break the $1million mark at auction, together with what I.A.C. do well - historical New Zealand Landscapes. Webb's Paramount Sale is on the same night in Falcon Street, with a smaller offering of just over 100 works of various prices. Thursday 7th April at 6.30pm is Art + Object's turn with an interesting range of good paintings and photography.
Taonga from one of Captain Cook's voyages that have been in Te Papa's collection since 1912 are to be returned to Hawaii. See Dominion Post article here.
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Three Len Castle pots made record auction prices at the Simon Manchester Collection Sale at Art + Object in Auckland on Feb 24th. The Blossom Vase pictured above made $15,015 against an estimate of $6,000 - $10,000. Lot 251 a Massive Hanging Form made $2,880 against an estimate of $1,000 - $1,500. Estimated at between $6,000 - $8,000 the vibrant yellow Sulphurous Bowl c2010 made $12,010 a record price for this series at auction. See the results for A+O's 100th catalogued sale here.
Looking through the Sotheby's catalogue of 'Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire: The last of the Mitford Sisters' online I noticed this oil of a "Fancy Rooster" by our best bird painter Raymond Ching. The Duchess was a chicken fancier and there are many beautiful pieces in the catalogue featuring the bird. The sale is tomorrow March 2nd in London. Image: Sotheby's
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