David Carson-Parker's Extraordinary Gift — 12.12.16

The extensive art collection of Arts Foundation Governor David Carson-Parker was auctioned Dunbar Sloane in Wellington last month.

David generously donated artworks to the Arts Foundation when he passed away this year, as a way of providing ongoing financial support and assistance to the arts community.

Only 11 of the 103 lots were not sold, with sales reaching $200,000.

The Director of Fine and Applied Arts at Dunbar Sloane, Helena Walker, was delighted with the positive response despite the sale being rescheduled due to the Kaikoura earthquake.

She said "All three sections of the sale were strong, especially the applied arts and studio ceramics section, which as David’s great love and passion."

A number of items broke sale price records for the artists involved including Juliet Peter, whose watercolour Easter Moon was expected to reach a figure between $3000-6000 and sold for $20,300, which was $17,000 higher than her previous highest price at auction.

John Drawbridge’s oil on canvas work Two Circles also outshone expectations, achieving $38,250 and easily topping the the artist’s previous highest sale price of $20,000, and John Middleditch's, Icarus copper sculpture recorded and career high of $7,170.

A full list of the auction results can be found here on the Dunbar Sloan website: www.dunbarsloane.co.nz

David's partner Jeremy Commons generously supported the auction by painstakingly documenting David's art collection and allowing it to be sold during his lifetime. Jeremy spoke to Arts Foundation Executive Director, Simon Bowden, about David’s extensive career in the arts and his dedication to philanthropy. Watch the full interview here.