Even though Andy Warhol is one of the most famous artists in the world, his works pop up surprisingly frequently at auction in New Zealand. Both Art + Object and Webb's had a Warhol in their art sales last week, each selling within a few days of each other. At A+O the top price of the night went to Andy Warhol's Marilyn which sold for $141 000 (incl. BP & gst). Webb's had a Soup Can screenprint that sold for $41,125 (incl. BP) the very next evening. Two iconic pieces by the artist.
Michael Parekowhai is always a favourite at auction. Three works of differing media, were up for sale last week; a kowhaiwhai printed lightbox (at Art + Object), a large scale photograph and an unique hand finished bronze 'sapling' (at Webb's). The Moment of Cubism (the lemon tree sapling) sold for $64,625 (incl. BP) against an estimate of $25,000 - $35,000. The three editions that had sold previously at auction were all sold for around the $30,000 mark, so this was a great price. The Bosom of Abraham light box sold for $14,415 (incl. BP & gst) and Passchendaele a large scale c-type photograph sold for $20,562.50 (incl BP). These were both marginally lighter than the highest prices of previous versions at auction. Winter can keep some buyers away from the sale room, so I look forward to the effect of the coming warmer and lighter months on the art market.
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