The sale broke record auction prices for many artists including John Pule, John Edgar, Russell Clark, Paul Dibble, Shane Cotton, Bill Hammond and Chris Charteris.
The work that realised the most was A Peak in Darien a life-sized bronze of a bull on a piano by Michael Parekōwhai. The work was part of his exhibition at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011 and others will recognise it as similar to the piece which sits outside the Christchurch Art Gallery.
It was estimated to realise between $900,000 and $1,400,000 but the bidding didn't stop until the hammer went down at $1,700,000 (hammer price).
This beats the previous record of Tainui Canoe by Colin McCahon that sold at Art + Object in 2016 for $1,350,000.
The sale totalled over $11,000,000 (hammer price) at the end of the night.
Part two of the sale featuring Decorative Arts starts this morning at 9am.
Streaming online is available through A+O's website if you are interested. (e.c.)