International Art Centre's second auction for 2012, Important, Early & Rare, confirmed the market's interest in 19th & 20th century paintings and heritage art.
Enthusiastic bidding was seen throughout, with most of the top-end offering sold on the night. Charles Blomfield 'Kauri Park Entrance' sold for $100,000 and J B C Hoyte's 'Mt Hobson' went for $90,000. Edwin Harris 'New Plymouth 1860' sold for $75,000. Another lot that attracted enormous interest was Ina Haszard's painting, 12 photographs of the terraces and two geological specimens of the terraces themselves, they made $56,000 - bids from all over the country and several offshore saw that offering sell for more than ten times it's reserve. A rare map by Antonio Zatta made $5,200 and two C N Worlsey watercolours were well contested selling for $4,000 and $4,500 respectively against their $2,500 - 3,500 estimates.
Exciting and contentious bidding was seen on Hoyte's 'Pink Terraces' achieving $52,000 against estimate of $15,000 - 25,000. Frances Hodgkin's 'Two Girls' estimated at $18,000 - 25,000 fetched $45,500 after a climatic bidding duel that left the crowd breathless and applauding. Another small Frances Hodgkins 'Portrait of a Judge' sold for $18,000. Peter McIntyre's watercolour 'Rangitikei River' deservedly fetched $31,500, well in excess of estimate. Another McIntyre made $19,000 and a Hong Kong watercolour fetched $8,250. A small Charles Blomfield oil estimated at $2,500 - 3,500 saw spirited bidding and a $7,750 final bid.
Works by the late Sir Peter Siddell attracted attention. 'Five O' Clock (Westwards)' made $15,000 and 'Suburban Cloud' went for $18,000. A small work of Rome fetched $7,500. A small E Mervyn Taylor wood engraving sold for $1,900, this artist is well represented in our 2nd May catalogue as works from his estate have been consigned. A Garth Tapper reched $11,000 'Sunday Morning' and another from the artist's well known 'Legal Series' made $6,000. A delightful small Douglas MacDiarmid oil went for $3,100 after recently being repatriated for the UK. Other repatriated pieces included a small Beatrice Dobie from France that went for $3,000 and a rare Felix Kelly 'The Gardener' that fetched $7,500.
An enchanting watercolour by A Lois White titled 'Birds and Foliage' sold for $27,000 and another small work made $3,100. Works by John Week's fared well again with numerous works selling between $2,000 and $10,000.
Overall another excellent result with a final sale total expected to exceed $1million.
- Prices quoted attract buyers premium
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