Work by top NZ artists offered in online auction

If you would like a Wounded Carrot, a Burial at Sea, or even a Window in Spain, now is your chance to buy one.

The artworks by Grahame Sydney, Eion Stevens and Ralph Hotere respectively, are among more than 200 works by well-known New Zealand artists which are up for auction at Hayward’s Auction House in Dunedin.

Hayward’s co-owner Bridgette More said the online art auction started on Thursday and would run until tomorrow night.

Among the lots are works by other prominent artists, including Marilynn Webb, Shona McFarlane, Peter Beadle, Jeffrey Harris and Geoff Williams.

To have so many works by top New Zealand artists was rare, Mrs More said.

‘‘This is, I think, the best art auction we’ve ever put together so far.

‘‘We’ve worked really hard on our art auctions to gain momentum and boost our reputation.

‘‘The art that we’re getting now is really high calibre.

‘‘We really are the only place and the best place you can sell second-hand art in the lower South Island.’’

Hayward’s Auction House co-owner Bridgette More holds Ralph Hotere’s Window in Spain, which is up...
Hayward’s Auction House co-owner Bridgette More holds Ralph Hotere’s Window in Spain, which is up for auction. PHOTO: CHRISTINE O’CONNOR
One of the most valuable artworks up for auction was a framed pencil work by Ralph Hotere, called Window in Spain, which was created in March 1978.

The opening bid was set at $6000, but it was expected to sell for much more, she said.

‘‘There’s a really wide range of art, so most people can come along and find something they like within their price bracket.

‘‘Prices range from $30 up to thousands. Some could go for up to $10,000.

‘‘With the nature of auctions in today’s economic climate, things could go very well. There’s a lot of people interested in buying art at the moment.

‘‘Auction houses in Auckland are getting record prices.’’

Mrs More said the artworks came from a variety of different sellers, rather than a single collection.

The auction was being held online and buyers from across the country were bidding on the artworks, she said.

It will remain open until 7pm tomorrow. .

 - john.lewis@odt.co.nz

 

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