Thursday, May 03, 2007

Object lesson

The Art+Object auction pulled new buyers out and got good prices. Michael Parekowhai’s guitar Tua Iwa sold for $35,000, one of his sparrow photographs Portrait of Ed Brown at $15,000 and a light box from the Bosom of Abraham series for nearly $2000 above the top estimate at $6300. A small Ronnie van Hout model work of Colin McCahon sold at its top estimate of $9000 and a stitch picture Guitarist looking for.. at $45000*. Top of estimate prices were recorded for Judy Millar, Seung Yui Oh, John Reynolds, Heather Straka and Stephen Bambury, Other high prices: an et al. at $4000 almost four times its selling price in 2005 and a Len Castle/Theo Schoon collaboration at $6700. Also getting very respectable prices near top estimates were Rohan Wealleans, Seraphine Pick and Ricky Swallow. Surprise of the night Sam Mitchell’s Hey arsehole at $4000.
*A reader has disputed the figure of $45,000 being paid for the stitch picture Guitarist looking for.. by Ronie van Hout. He has a point and here it is put into the right place $4,500.00. Sorry for any hopes raised.