Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Never mind the quality

Art famously sells by size, until it gets to a certain size that is. So when the latest Webb’s catalogue arrived we got out the calculator to work out the cost per centimetre for a selection of items based on a purchase price mid-estimate. 

Here’s the results.

$344.50 A classic C F Goldie portrait
$59.32 A 1982 Tony Fomison painting
$36.00 An Evelyn Page portrait of her husband
$30.90 A classic Michael Illingworth painting
$10.00 A Rita Angus watercolour of irises
$18.00 A Tony Fomison drawing
$16.43 A W D Hammond painting in a gold frame
$16.19 A Pat Hanly painting from 1977
$12.90 A Colin McCahon Northland painting on paper
$8.65 A 1979 Ralph Hotere banner
$8.13 A diptych on board by Dick Frizzell
$7.24 A 2004 Michael Smither cave painting
$6.54 An early Frances Hodgkins watercolour
$5.42 A 1990 W D Hammond painting
$4.44 A 1972 Te Henga painting by Don Binney
$4.24 A very large W D Hammond bird painting
$3.70 A Tosswill Woollaston landscape
$2.58 A 1977 Milan Mrkusich abstract
$2.43 A classic Jeffrey Harris painting from1970
$1.90 A Max Gimblett painting from 2008
$1.68  An early religious painting by Michael Stevenson
$1.01 A Michael Parekowhai flower photograph
Image: catalogue image of approximately $4.24 worth of the large W D Hammond as estimated by Webb’s (detail)