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Webb's December suite of sales - 6 - 8 December 2011.

Transcript of Webb's Important Paintings & Contemporary Art, Antiques & Modern Design, Fine Jewewllery...

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    6-8 DECEMBER 2011

    COVER: LOT 28TONY FOMISONCarcinoma of the Tongue Ulcerative Type Fig.51 Surgery for Nurses by Bailey and Love, London 1942 (# 15)$120,000 - $160,000

    BACK COVER: LOT 73MAX GIMBLETTThe Door that Contains the Night (detail)$16,000 - $20,000 LEFT: LOT 229AJEFFREY APPLINGINGENUITY AN IMPORTANT JEWELLED NECKLACE $95,000 - $125,000

    LEFT LOT 229BJEFFREY APPLINGHANDS TO WATER A JEWELLED RING $28,500 - $32,500 INSIDE BACK: LOT 29PAT HANLYGolden Age 3 With ButterflyIn interior of house designed by Richard Toy, 1946.$120,000 - $160,000

    New ZealandsPremier Auction House

    18 Manukau RoadPO Box 99 251

    Newmarket, Auckland 1149New Zealand

    P +649 524 6804F +649 524 7048

    [email protected]

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    IMPORTANT PAINTINGS & CONTEMPORARY ART 20 Tue 6 December 2011 6:30pm

    FINE JEWELLERY & WATCHES 108Wed 7 December 2011 6:00pm

    ANTIQUES & MODERN DESIGN 136 Thu 8 December 2011 6:00pm


    Webb's, in collaboration with Urbis, invites you to view the December suite of sales and enjoy a night of fashion as we

    auction five beautiful white cotton dresses designed by some of New Zealand's top fashion talent with proceeds going

    to the Christchurch Womens Refuge. All salerooms will be open for viewing throughout the evening. Its going to be a

    fun and stylish night out with Peregrine wines served and a theatrical runway showcase of the designer pieces before

    the bidding begins.

    BUYERS PREMIUMA buyers premium of 12.5% will be charged on all items in the Important Paintings Contemporary Art sale and the Fine Jewellery & Watches sale, and a buyers premium of 15% will be charged on all items in the Antiques & Modern Design sale. GST (15%) is payable on the buyers premium.


    LEFT: LOT 16DAVID HOCKNEYPortrait of Jack Kennedy, Model, U.C.L.A $10,000 - $15,000

  • INTRODUCTIONThis has been an emotional year, with natural disasters and continued financial market turmoil contrasting with Rugby World Cup excitement and positive signs of economic growth. From Webbs perspective, the auction market has been characterised by judicious and promising activity. To date, Webbs has successfully transacted over 32,000 lots in 2011 and overall turnover has substantially increased year on year. This has been made possible by the wonderfully talented and dedicated team of specialists that makes up Webbs.Webbs Fine Art Department, once

    again led by Sophie Coupland, has enjoyed an increase in turnover of 15%. Webbs major art sales continue to attract competitive demand when the right works are presented, while our A2 affordable art events have consistently produced outstanding results, reflecting the enthusiasm of a group of younger collectors entering the art market.Webbs Fine Wine Department, led

    by Simon Ward, has seen remarkable growth throughout the year. Simon has developed an unrivalled service, offering clients direct access to some of the best private cellars in the country. If you are looking for that extra-special drop for the holiday season, make sure you give him a call.Webbs Fine Jewellery Department,

    led by independent consultant Chris Devereaux, has also enjoyed a year of strong activity. Recent highlights include the sale of a rare 4.85ct solitaire diamond for $229,000, setting a New Zealand record for a piece of jewellery at auction.The year has seen Webbs Automotive

    Department generate over $2.6 million in turnover and secure its first international record on the classic car

    scene with the sale of a 1963 Ferrari 250 Lusso for $1.1 million. Demand for rare motorcycles has remained remarkably high, reflecting New Zealands long association with outstanding engineering.Webbs established Antiques and

    Interiors Department, led by James Hogan, continues to produce the best sale rates in the market. James never fails to impress with the wide variety of materials presented, from exquisite antiques to the downright bizarre, and the current sale is certainly no exception.Webbs Oceanic and African Art

    department has enjoyed tremendous success this year, with premier sales attracting wide interest and setting both national and international records. Webbs expertise was underscored when we were commissioned to handle the private sale of the whare whakairo Te Tiki o Tamamutu, carved by legendary master-carver Wero Taroi and his apprentice Tene Waitere in the 1860s and 70s. With tenders due to close, an announcement is imminent as to the future of the only privately owned whare whakairo in existence.Bethunes at Webbs Rare Books, led

    by specialist Francis McWhannell, has offered remarkable material throughout 2011 and has achieved consistently strong prices. The financial year will end on a high note with the sale of the impressive C L Thomas Collection, which features a number of items relating to celebrated polymath William Colenso, including his handsome botanical microscope, an artefact of tremendous historical significance.This year, Webbs has continued to

    present exhibitions between auctions and to offer its services to help raise

    funds for charity. Webbs assisted Scots College with an art auction to help raise funds for a new creative and performing arts centre. In August, we partnered with Mike Chunn and the Play It Strange Trust to auction a group of bespoke ukuleles, raising nearly $50,000. In September, Webbs played host to an exhibition of photographs by Alfred Gregory, including iconic images of Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay taken during their legendary ascent of Mt Everest. This month, Webbs presented the first exhibition in New Zealand of works by Shanghai-based artist Zhang Xianyong. On Friday 2 December, in association with Urbis, Webbs will present a night of fashion and philanthropy, auctioning five unique dresses by top New Zealand designers. All proceeds will go directly to Christchurch Womens Refuge.As a fun finish to the year, and to help

    solve all your Christmas gift problems, Webbs will present Improbable Gifts for Impossible People. Diary 15 December for this unique auction of 50 hand-picked items, with complimentary wine from Peregrine Wines and food from Toto.This year, Webbs has had the pleasure

    of working with numerous talented partners. We would like to thank in particular Greg Hay of Peregrine Wines, the mighty team at Moa Beer, Relais & Chateaux Luxury Lodges, Murray Crane of Crane Brothers and Chris Cherry and his team at Workshop. We would also like to acknowledge the importance of you, our clients, who continue to seek satisfaction in the art of collecting. From all of us at Webbs, best wishes for the holiday season.NEIL CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR

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    Carcinoma of the Tongue Ulcerative Type Fig.51 Surgery for Nurses by Bailey and Love,

    London 1942 (# 15)$120,000 - $160,000


    Comet (F11)$160,000 - $220,000

  • Featuring a superb selection of vintage Champagne, Bordeaux and other drinkable treats.

    Contact Simon WardE [email protected] P + 64 9 529 5600





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    15 DECEMBER 6-10PM

    Having enjoyed a highly successful year, Webbs invites you to our final sale of 2011 to celebrate the stranger things in life.

    Offering 50 eclectic pieces, from the curious to the contemporary, Improbable Gifts for Impossible People is a chance to acquire the entirely unique for that

    impossible person in your life.

    Throughout the evening, Webbs will be serving French Champagne, Totos cuisine and fine music.

    Come join us.

  • Webbs has been providing prompt, accurate valuation services to private collectors and public institutions for over 35 years. We provide a competitively priced and entirely confidential nationwide service with full comprehensive written reports for:

    Insurance Valuations Post-Loss Insurance Valuations Family Asset Division Relationship Property Division Market Valuations Financial Reporting Purposes

    In the event of loss or damage, it is important that you know the value of your art, antiques and household contents. With a current valuation, you can be certain that your items have the appropriate amount of insurance cover.

    To discuss your valuation requirements or for a free no-obligation quote, please contact:

    Brian Wood M 021 48 69 48 P 09 529 5609 E [email protected]


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    Couture for ChristChurCh

    Urbis has invited some of New Zealands top fashion talents to make a bespoke white cotton dress and now you have your chance to make one of these unique pieces yours.

    Along with Webbs Auction House, Urbis invites you to this stylish auction event on 2 December 2011. It will be a night of fashion and philanthropy as we auction these five designer dresses with all proceeds going directly to the Christchurch Womens Refuge. Live online bidding will also be available through the generous support of Artfact. Dresses will be available for viewing before