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…