Wellington Scoop

Art auction sells 99% of family’s collection for $2.9million

News from Art and Object
The Wellington auction of The Collection of Frank and Lyn Corner yesterday afternoon will go down as one of the most memorable art auctions and events in New Zealand art market history.

In excess of three hundred Wellingtonians packed the New Zealand Portrait Gallery for the auction contributing along with absentee, phone and internet bidders to a remarkable atmosphere and a phenomenal sell-through rate of 99% and an auction total of $2.6 million, well in excess of the pre-sale bottom estimate of $1.7 million for the collection.

The auction followed a unique marketing campaign in which the Corner family generously opened their home to the public for a three day on-site viewing. Thousands poured through the viewing, enjoying the remarkably personal and historically significant collusion of Twentieth Century New Zealand art and architecture.

Art+Object would like to thank all those who attended the Wellington auction and viewing and especially the Corner family for making their family property available to the public.

To view the list of preliminary highlights click here.