July's Important, Early & Rare catalogue included some great works so it was no surprise really that the sale total was around $1,75million on the night including premium. Since then though a good portion of the unsold lots, especially those at the higher price end, have found new homes. The sale total now exceeds $2million, our highest in 46 years of trading.
The sale included some staggering statistics. Easily the highest grossing auction of 2015 and 2014. It also included the highest New Zealand auction price for 2015, $492,500 including premium for Horace Moore-Jones 'Simpson & His Donkey', it self a record price for the artist. The second highest price for a painting in of 2015 was also achieved, $375,200 including premium for Frances Hodgkins 'Monastery Steps', which it self is the second highest price for a Frances Hodgkins at auction. The $79,000 including premium for Lois White's Weeping Women' was also a record price at auction. A record price for a foreign artist at the sale was also achieved when a work by Doris Clare Zinkeisen was knocked down for a maiden bid of $35,175. 90% of the offering has now been sold.
An artist to watch is Peter Siddell. Over $170,000 worth of his work was sold at the auction. International Art Centre has sold over $1.5million worth of Peter Siddell paintings at auction.
Worth noting was the $29,000 hammer price ($34,175 including premium) bid for Peter McIntyre's Rangitikei River, it carried an estimate of $12,000 - 16,000. A delightful tiny gouache by Raymond McIntyre from the estate of Evelyn Page sold for $23,450 including premium.
Four works by Samuel Coleridge Farr made a total of $19,346 including premium.
A good solid crowd, determined bidders, integral reserve prices, an exceptionally produced catalogue and fine examples by major artist's saw the stars aligned in what will go down as one of the best art auction in New Zealand - ever.
We now look forward to offering the market some more exceptional works in October and November sales - some details of these exciting consignments will be made over the next few weeks.
In the meantime we hope you will enjoy our current catalogue, lots of opportunities there - Contemporary & Collectable Art - 12 August View Catalogue