If you’d like a Bill Hammond in your art collection and don’t have a spare $1.75m, you’ll want to be at the Peninsula Art Auction on 28 & 29 October in Lyttelton.
First held in 2005 in the late artist’s hometown, Hammond was a long-time benefactor of the Auction, a local children’s education fundraiser.
In previous years, original Bill Hammond works went under the hammer for under $10,000 in the previous two auctions in 2019 and 2017*.
This year, Bill Hammonds widow Jane has generously donated a 2007 etching Bone Eagle C, with price expectations of anywhere from $4000.
The Peninsula Art Auction is a collaboration of local artists, Lyttelton Primary School, and local businesses, making this year’s auction a community effort.
Over 100 artists in this year’s Auction have links to the port town and wider Banks Peninsula, and it is an opportunity for up-coming artists to exhibit right next to the famous.
Highlights this year include works from Bill Hammond, Jason Greig, Asher Raawiri Newbery, Nichola Shanley, Hannah Beehre, Ben Reid, Mark Whyte, Scott Jackson, and the late Llew Summers’s son Dan Summers.
“There is such a depth of talented creatives that come from this place, and it is a joy to see them brought together for such a great cause. I love the cyclical nature of the event this year. Some of the kids who have benefited from the funds raised in the past are now exhibiting right next to Bill Hammond, including his granddaughter, Akilah—such a wonderful opportunity!” says Kim Hickford from the Peninsula Art Auction organising team.
Up to 200 works, including paintings, sculpture, jewellery, ceramics, and photography, will be exhibited with a Silent Auction, running across the weekend of 28 & 29 October at a contemporary ‘pop-up’ gallery at Lyttelton Primary School.
Twenty premium works will be auctioned live by the captivating Shay Horay at a Gala Evening on Sunday, 29 October, at the school in what is expected to be a sell-out event.
Tickets to attend the Gala Evening are now on sale – $45 (includes drinks and canapé). You can purchase tickets online for the Gala Night at peninsula-art.co.nz or from Lyttelton Primary School.
The Lyttelton Education Charitable Trust organises this event for Lyttelton Primary School. The previous Peninsula Art Auction raised over $40,000 for the school.