A  piece  of  New  Zealand  art  history  was  made  this  week  and  30  Upstairs  are  so  proud  have  been  apart  of  it.  The  art  and  auction  event  of   the  year  took  place  this  week  over Wednesday  and  Thursday  evening  in  Auckland.  Art+Object  organised  what  has  now become  New  Zealands  most  successful  art  auction,  selling   over   200  works  which  resulted  in  total  sales  of  $4.52  million.

The  New  Zealand  public  had  been  invited  to  experience  this  transition  of  artwork  through  a  series  of  open  previews  which  included  a  viewing  30  Upstairs.  A  catalogue  has  sensitively  documented  the  artworks  that  sold  and  the  journey  that  led  them  to  be  in  Les  and  Milly’s  ownership.  Excitement  was  intensified  through  live  streaming  of  the  auction  alongside  the  Barr’s  step  by  step  snippets  of  the  sales  on  twitter.

It  feels  as  though  the  nation  has  shared  an  exercise  in  passion  and  what  it  means  to  be  a true  collector.  We  hope  the  event  has  inspired  many  people  to  support  New  Zealand  art  and  discover  what  their  taste  is.

It  was  wonderful  to  see  that  Te  Papa  picked  up  a  few  pieces  that  had  previewed  in  Wellington  and  more  importantly  that   they  will  remain  in  NZ.  Te  Papa  bid  big on  the  day  acquiring  Gordon Walters’ Painting no 7 ($433,000) Michael Illingworth’s As Adam and Eve ($234,500) Brent Wong’s Mean Time Exposure ($105,500) Peter Robinson’s Boy Am I Scared Eh ($140,000).

It  is  with  huge  enthusiasm  to  share  with  you  the  artwork  that  Mal  purchased…

Peter Peryer Alligators, gelatin silver print, 1981

Peter Peryer Kangaroo, gelatin silver print, 1987

Fiona Pardington Unprotected, gold-toned gelatin silver print, 1996

Gavin Hipkins UR KIWI, type C photograph, unique print

Stephen Bram Untitled, oil on Belgian linen

Don Driver Assemblage 1978/1, mixed media




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