Marg McLelland, of Dunedin, looks through some of Hardwicke
Knight's art, which is set to go under the hammer in the
city tomorrow. Photo by Craig Baxter.
The final remnants of Dunedin adventurer and antiquarian
Hardwicke Knight's extensive collection is set to go under the
Mr Knight, also a photographer, writer and artist, died in
2008 aged 97, leaving thousands of collectables stacked floor
to ceiling in his ramshackle Broad Bay home.
The last part of his collection will be auctioned at
Hayward's Auction House tomorrow.
Hayward's co-proprietor Kevin Hayward said there had been
strong interest in the auction, including from institutions
such as the Hocken Library.
What was on offer represented the ''rump'' of Mr Knight's
library, a sizeable collection of his own art and the
remnants of his photography collection.
''I don't think you will see another collection of
photographs of early Dunedin, early Otago, like it. There is
just hundreds of them.''
Previously, parts of his collection had been auctioned off in
Australia and other items had been acquired by the Hocken
Library and Te Papa.
''So what we were instructed to do was to go through what was
left in the house and ... get what we could salvage ...
before the place was bulldozed.''
What they recovered were only the remnants, which showed just
how large his collection had been.