Quilter collection goes under hammer

23:56, Jul 24 2014
Looking Like Someone Else
FOR SALE: Seraphine Pick's work 'Looking Like Someone Else'.

New Zealand's Secretary of Defence, Helene Quilter, is selling her prized collection of artwork at next week's Webb's auction in Auckland.

The Quilter Collection boasts some of New Zealand's top contemporary art and most challenging paintings.

It includes ​a ​piece by L.Budd that is expected to go for around $25-35,000 and work by Bill Hammond who has the record of receiving the highest price for work by a living New Zealand artist [$328,000].

​A highlight of the auction is the series of paintings 'Looking Like Someone Else' collection by Seraphine Pick which depicts women without features - providing a commentary on how society views women.

​Webb's said ​New Zealand's art market in 2013 saw a record year with more than $20 million of sales at auction - including a record $732,800 paid for Charles Goldie's Kawhena. 

Next week's auction also includes a ​work by realist painter Grahame Sydney, Sunset Near Omarama, which is expected to reach between $100,000 - $150,000.

Ralph Hotere's Love Poem is also up for grabs and expected to fetch up to $200,000.

ART AUCTION

What: Webb's Important Paintings and Contemporary Art auction

When: Thursday July 31, 6.30pm

Where: 18 Manukau Road, Newmarket, Auckland

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