There were two stand out lots that have now become record auction prices. Lot 79 was a work entitled 'Australasia No.2' a large 1970s oil on board measuring almost 2m in length. This work sold for $40,000 which beats the previous work by $400.
The other is a large form garden pot by another multi-talented artist, Roy Cowan (1918-2006). Described as "modelled with scrolls reminiscent of a Ionic capital", it stood 730 mm high. As illustrated above, it featured on the cover of NZ Potter Magazine in Spring 1971. Cowan's large scale pots have always been popular as modernist garden sculptures, this one sold for $18,500 passing the previous record by $2,500.
Interest in the artist's work has increased since his death two years ago. A large retrospective exhibition at The Dowse (Habitation) and a show at Artspace (Either Possible or Necessary) have spotlit his talent in the recent months, and would have helped the current market interest in his collection.
More information about the artist and the Dowse exhibition is here.