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Charity event sees realtors swap property for fine art

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More than $385,000 worth of art will go under the hammer this Friday May 12 as part of the Bayley Foundation’s most ambitious charity event, The Art of Giving.


Trading property for the finer things, the exclusive event will see some 53 works offered for sale through auction and silent auction bidding, with proceeds donated to Make-A-Wish New Zealand, of which Bayleys are elite sponsors.

Featuring works ranging in variety from sculpture to glass, right through to contemporary, landscape and portrait pieces, The Art of Giving features an impressive portfolio of oeuvres donated to the cause by some of New Zealand’s most prolific artistic talents, leading galleries and generous private collectors.

“We have received some astonishing contributions from some of the country’s leading artists including a piece specially commissioned for the event by Shane Cotton along with works from Peter Stichbury, John Pule, Ann Robinson and Max Gimblett” says Bayley Foundation general manager Sue Stanaway.

Yet, it’s the pièce de résistance which has everyone talking, courtesy of the Gow Langsford Gallery. The two-metre tall cast bronze statue entitled The Gold of the Kowhai by decorated sculptor Paul Dibble holds a retail value of $90,000.

Widely regarded as New Zealand’s premier sculptor, Dibble’s works have featured in public exhibitions and installations at the Te Papa Museum of New Zealand, Waiheke Island’s Cable Bay vineyard, and most notably London’s Hyde Park where he created the New Zealand War Memorial unveiled by Her Majesty the Queen in 2006.

“We are extremely proud of the selection offered for sale, as New Zealand’s fresh up-and-coming talent is displayed alongside accomplished works, we have prepared an event which truly showcases the essence of fine art in Aotearoa,” says Bayleys managing director Mike Bayley.

Transforming the atrium of Bayleys’ new headquarters in the Wynyard commercial precinct Victoria X Viaduct, an exclusive list of nearly 200 art enthusiasts and guests are invited to purchase pieces on the evening, with absentee bidding accepted from the public.

“Entertainment is courtesy of a 13-strong Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and bidding is to be conducted by acclaimed art auctioneer and director of the Art + Object gallery, Ben Plumbly,” Ms Stanaway says.

The event marks nearly two years of Bayleys’ partnership as elite sponsors of Make-A-Wish New Zealand - a charitable organisation which works to fulfil the wishes of Kiwi children suffering from with life-threatening medical conditions.

“We hope to raise as much as possible for Make-A-Wish through spirited bidding and a raffle which features a stunning strand of South Sea Pearls and Spinel, donated by Graeme Thomson Antique and Estate Jewellery” Ms Stanaway says.

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