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entries now invited


entries now invited important paintings & contemporary art fine jewellery & watches modern design antiques & decorative arts classic motorcycles & cars of the day oceanic & african art fine & rare wine

From 24 to 29 March 2012, Webb’s will present sales of important paintings and contemporary art, 20th century design, fine and rare wines, Oceanic and African art, antiques and decorative arts, and classic motorcycles and cars of the day; looking further ahead, we will hold a harlequin sale of jewellery on 2 May 2012. Driven by a large and highly dedicated team of specialist staff and a comprehensive approach to marketing, Webb’s once again cemented its reputation as a leader in all areas of the market during 2011, achieving a greater number of sales by value than any other New Zealand auction house and

conducting a staggering 37% more transactions in excess of $100,000 than our nearest competitor. Arriving at the end of the financial year, our March suite of sales traditionally enjoys a warm reception from the market. While one might have expected uncertainty in the financial markets to curb investment, the current climate has, in fact, given rise to a more refined market, where condition, provenance and quality are carefully considered by an active base of collectors seeking to invest in cultural assets. Enquiries about current values and market dynamics are welcome.


Andrew McLeod House & Studio pigmented archival inkjet print 2002 1300mm x 940mm $9,000 - $12,000

With a strong selection of early consignments, we are now seeking further entries to Webb’s first sale of important paintings and contemporary art for 2012. Including a survey of contemporary painting, sculpture and photography, with works by Andrew McLeod, Fiona Pardington, Hye Rim Lee, Jude Rae, Ronnie van Hout, Peter Stichbury and Paul Dibble, alongside significant works by modernists such as Richard Killeen, Ralph Hotere, Philip Clairmont, Louise Henderson and Toss Woollaston, and historical works including a significant early portrait by Charles F. Goldie, this auction will present a fine selection of museum-quality works. The auction market over 2011 was characterised by promising activity with a trend toward quality works in good order attracting the eyes of collectors. Numerous new record prices were set with results at Webb’s confirming a stable fine art market. Please contact Sophie Coupland to discuss the consignment of works and to obtain professional, specialised information regarding current values and market dynamics. Entries close 27 February.

important paintings & contemporary art 27 march


Charles F. Goldie Maori Woman with Moko oil on board signed and dated 1910 in brushpoint lower right 190mm x 145mm $140,000 - $180,000

Ralph Hotere Black Painting No. 8 brolite lacquer on two boards with timber construct signed and dated 1969 1800mm x 1000mm Exhibited: Frances Hodgkins Fellow Exhibition, Otago Museum, Dunedin, 9 - 22 November 1969 $180,000 - $200,000


Philip Clairmont Innocence Threatened oil on two jute canvas sections title inscribed in brushpoint lower right and signed and dated 1970 in brushpoint lower left 1450mm x 1395mm $40,000 - $50,000

Jude Rae Lost, lost, lost acrylic on canvas 1990 1700mm x 1200mm $40,000 - $45,000

Fiona Pardington Huia Rivals Female gelatin silver print 410mm x 530mm $7,000 - $9,000


Hye Rim Lee Candyland c-type print 600mm diameter $10,000 - $15,000

Richard Killeen City Living pigment ink, turps based acrylic, resin varnish on canvas signed Killeen, and inscribed City Living in brushpoint lower right 1520mm x 1015mm $25,000 - $35,000

Richard Killeen People Passing oil on hardboard signed with initials RK and dated 9/69 in brushpoint lower left 670mm x 670mm $20,000 - $30,000


modern design 29 march

This will be an auction focused on 20th-century innovation: the design and craftsmanship that shaped the modern world. The objects illustrate concepts of modernism propelled by new technology, changing lifestyles and designs that defined a new era. The focus is on premium mid-century modern design from the post-World War II era through to the 1970s. It highlights a selection of design, objects and interiors for changing lifestyles: these were creative statements that turned designers into legends. This comprehensive offering presents a predominantly international selection; objects from early 1950s’ utilitarian designers sit alongside organic Scandinavian and American design. It also includes rare antipodean design classics from New Zealand and Australia. The objects on offer will be vintage, with the historical patina and original wear remaining faithfully intact. Entries close 27 February.

Grant Featherston R160 Rocking Chair 1956 $8,000 - $10,000


Douglas Snelling Armchair and Footstool 1949 $800 - $1,400

Archie Shine ‘Hamilton’ sideboard designed by Robert Heritage 1957 $3,500 - $4,200


oceanic & african art 28 march

Webb’s first Oceanic and African art auction for 2012 will see several significant international collections presented. In addition to a selection of Maori taonga, including two important cloaks and a historically important tekoteko, the catalogue will include a lifetime collection of Oceanic fish-hooks, a quality selection of Melanesian and Polynesian tribal artworks, and two international collections of African art. Entries are now invited to complement this event. Please contact Jeff Hobbs or Neil Campbell for further information. Entries close 27 February.

Poutokomanawa Attributed to Anaha Te Rahui (1822 - 1913). Ngati Tarawhai. Provenance: Formerly in the collection of M.K. Stubberfields, England. H1267mm. Est. $50,000 - $70,000


f ine & rare wine

26 march

Webb’s fine wine department led by Simon Ward, presents New Zealand’s finest auction market sales of fine collectable wines. Sales include wellcellared premium wines, whisky and champagne. This department has seen remarkable growth over the past two years as Simon has developed an

unrivalled service, offering clients direct access to some of the best private cellars in the country and supplying that extraspecial ‘drop’. Simon is available to provide appraisals of cellars for private collectors or valuations for insurance requirements.


classic motorcycles & cars of the day 24 march

1964 244cc Works Bultaco 6 Speed Experimental GP Bike – rider Ramon Torras $60,000 - $80,000


1974 Jaguar E Type V12 Roadster Immaculate and un-restored Mileage: 19,765 miles $80,000 – $120,000

Featuring a number of forgotten motorcycle collections and superb vintage automobiles, Webb’s March event is sure to attract the true enthusiast. Two significant barn-find collections of motorcycles will give the market the opportunity to acquire rare and valuable project machines.

Also on offer is a range of iconic English and American cars. Entries are now invited. Please contact Neil Campbell for further details on how to participate in New Zealand’s premier auction of important motorcycles and investment-quality cars of the day.


fine jewellery & watches

An important diamond of 5.04ct. Realised $195,000 August 2011

2 may

Jewellery consultant Christopher Devereaux will attend ‘Baselworld 2012’ in Switzerland, the world’s largest jewellery fair. Consequently, there will be no Webb’s sales of jewellery held in March or April; however, entries are now invited for a harlequin sale of jewellery to be held in May. Harlequin sales are held once a year and, as the name suggests, offer a wide variety of jewellery in every price range. The illustrated catalogues are provided free at viewings and the sales

have proved to be very popular. The last auction of this type, held in April 2011, produced a New Zealand record price for a solitaire diamond at auction, $228,750 (incl. premium) – a record that still stands. During Christopher’s absence, you are invited to leave items to be appraised under receipt at Webb’s. Jewellery sales at Webb’s are renowned for the wide selection of fine and magnificent jewels that are offered to the market, together with valuable watches and objects of virtu, in a regular

calendar of sales throughout the year. Significant diamonds, the finest antique and modern jewels, and watches from the most sought-after makers in the world are sourced for these sales, making them glittering events. A programme of at least six sales a year attracts a broad range of domestic and international buyers and sellers, and Webb’s stands alone among New Zealand auction houses in dedicating an entire day to the sale of fine jewellery.


ron english

exhibition 10-24 may

Ron English Mythocerebral Guernica oil on canvas 1050mm x 2000mm

Webb’s is pleased to announce Australasia’s first exhibition by Ron English. Widely considered to be one of the forefathers of modern street art, English first rose to prominence with his ‘liberated’ billboards of the 1980s where commercial billboards were illegally altered so that they broadcast political messages. Notably, English’s

unique imagery was featured prominently in the documentary Super Size Me and on album covers such as The Dandy Warhols’ Welcome to the Monkey House and Chris Brown’s F.A.M.E., and in the permanent collections of Whitney Museum, New York, Everhart Museum, Pennsylvania, Mauermuseum, Berlin and Museum of Contemporary Art, Paris.


Bethunes at Webb’s Rare Books

21 March

Classic Motorcycles & Cars of the Day

24 March

Fine & Rare Wine

26 March

Important Paintings & Contemporary Art

27 March

Oceanic & African Arts

28 March

Modern Design

29 March

Antiques & Decorative Arts

29 March

Fine Jewellery & Watches

2 May

New Zealand’s Premier Auction House 18 Manukau Road Newmarket, Auckland +649 524 6804 auctions@webbs.co.nz www.webbs.co.nz

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