Photo auction for charity goes online

Last updated 09:21 14/12/2012
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PHIL JACOBS: A well-known camera repairman who many working photographers will be familiar with.

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The benefit auction for terminally ill camera repairman Phil Jacobs has gone online, just in time for Christmas.

More than 150 photographic pieces were donated for the live auction on November 30, 68 of which were sold on the night, raising more than $14,000 for Mr Jacobs.

Auction organiser James Gilberd has placed the remaining art works on TradeMe to raise even more for his colleague and friend, and is hopeful the Christmas rush will get New Zealand art lovers bidding.

"It's a great Christmas shopping opportunity," said Mr Gilberd, who has used Mr Jacobs' camera repair services since 1985.

"There's heaps of stuff there. A lot of the pieces would make really great gifts. There's a range of prices as well.

"Some of them are under $100."

Seventy-nine items are listed on TradeMe, from landscapes to wildlife, more abstract pieces and photographs of New Zealand identities, such as Flight of the Conchords and Carmen Rupe.

Some of the pieces are by world- renowned New Zealand photographers, including Ans Westra and Karim Sahai, who donated three large framed photographs.

"Works like these usually sell for thousands and thousands at an art exhibition," Mr Gilberd said.

He described bidding on the items as healthy, but hoped more people bid, so at least $6000 more could be raised by December 18.

He said he was thrilled with the success of the live auction, which was held at Massey University's new art and design school building.

"We had a great turn-out. We filled an entire lecture theatre with people. And the venue was superb."

Mr Gilberd has given the cheque for $14,000 to Mr Jacobs, who had been "humbled" by the generosity of the Wellington artistic community.

"He isn't usually a centre of attention type of person, so he's been a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing," he said of Mr Jacobs, who has been repairing cameras in Wellington for more than 40 years.

"He and his family can really use the money. It will make the last part of his life a lot less stress- ful."

Information on the TradeMe auction is available online at

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- The Wellingtonian


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