Auction House

Sunday 30 November, 7pm

With its mix of colourful characters, antique roadshows and behind-the-scenes stories about art, artefacts and antiques going under the hammer, local series Auction House returns to TV ONE for a third season (tonight at 7pm).

Auction House follows the activities of eccentric Dunbar Senior and his son, Dunbar Junior, third and fourth generation of auction dynasty Dunbar Sloane. The series begins with the Sloanes opening a new boutique auction house in Mt Eden, Auckland – the ideal venue for selling everything from a classic Porsche to Maori artefacts, colonial furniture and New Zealand art, including yet another of the infamous Helen Clark ‘doodles’.

At the opening party, Dunbar Sr makes an announcement that he is planning to gradually hand over the business to his son and ease his way into retirement. Besides following Senior and Junior through a range of auctions at their new premises, Auction House travels with the father and son to Tasmania as they hunt for colonial furniture and greenstone jewellery, and encounter some interesting locals.

It also follows the adventures of Dunbar Sloane’s Wellington branch, with art expert Helena Walker as she auctions a rare collection of fine art which belonged to playwright Bruce Mason and his wife, obstetrician Diana Mason; and tag along with auctioneer Anthony Gallagher as he sells a remarkable collection of 1940s and 1950s jukeboxes at a rock’n’roll museum on the Kapiti Coast.

Following the opening Art & Object last year, Auction House catches up with the four directors and shows the reality of working in a very competitive and fickle market. Among the highlights are the Bev and Murray Gow auction, a stunning collection spanning the history of New Zealand art from the 1840s to the present day; a women’s art group auction of valuable New Zealand paintings acquired over the past decade, from Ralph Hotere to Shane Cotton and Peter Robinson; and a toy auction featuring the best line-up of film and TV-related toys – from Thunderbirds to Star Wars – ever to go under the hammer in this country.

The auctioneers even take time out of their busy schedule to host a lively charity auction at Richmond Road School, Grey Lynn, featuring donated works from local artists including Karl Maughan and John Reynolds.

Auction House also joins roving experts Peter Wedde and Hamish Walsh, as they host antique roadshows and value private collections. The duo unearth hidden treasures from as far away as Oamaru and Ashburton in the south, to Makarau and Matakohe in the north.

Episode one sees Dunbar Sloane open their new auction rooms in Auckland; Peter and Hamish find rare collectables at the Ashburton antique roadshow; and Ben visits a treasure trove of New Zealand art.

Auction House
Sunday 19 August, 7pm

Local series ‘Auction House’ returns to TV ONE tonight at 7pm, with its mix of behind-the-scenes stories about the art, artefacts and antiques going under the hammer in busy auction houses.

The series follows the activities of eccentric Dunbar Senior and his son, Dunbar Junior, third and fourth generation descendants of auction house founder Dunbar Sloane, as they sell everything from classic cars and Clarice Cliff ceramics to Maori artefacts and New Zealand art – including the infamous ‘Helen Clark doodle’, which attracted a great deal of media interest earlier this year.
‘Auction House’ spends some time at Dunbar Sloane’s Wellington branch – with new recruit from Scotland, Anthony Gallagher, art expert Helena Walker, and toy specialist Bettina Frith, as they track down valuable items for some very lively auctions in the capital.

The series also follows roving antiques experts Peter Wedde and Hamish Walsh, as they tour the provinces, hosting antique roadshows and valuing private collections in their search for those rare hidden treasures.

For the first time, ‘Auction House’ also documents the startup of a new auction house, Art + Object, being set up by four young men – Hamish Coney, Ben Plumbly, James Parkinson and Ross Millar, who have all broken away from rival auction company Webb’s. The keen blokes are followed from the beginning, as they develop their new premises and go on the road to source art and furniture for their first auctions, through to their opening night party and the ‘honeymoon period’ of their first big contemporary art auction, then on to the leaner antique and furniture sales that follow. In a small but highly competitive market, the big question will be, do they have what it takes to succeed?

‘Auction House’ reveals the unique stories behind art and antiques and the interesting bunch of characters who buy and sell them.

Episode one shows Dunbar Senior and Junior clash with a famous artist’s son; Peter Wedde is moved to tears by a rare find in Nelson; and a new auction house, Art + Object, is born.

Auction House
Sunday 19 August, 7pm

Local series ‘Auction House’ returns to TV ONE tonight at 7pm, with its mix of behind-the-scenes stories about the art, artefacts and antiques going under the hammer in busy auction houses.

The series follows the activities of eccentric Dunbar Senior and his son, Dunbar Junior, third and fourth generation descendants of auction house founder Dunbar Sloane, as they sell everything from classic cars and Clarice Cliff ceramics to Maori artefacts and New Zealand art – including the infamous ‘Helen Clark doodle’, which attracted a great deal of media interest earlier this year.
‘Auction House’ spends some time at Dunbar Sloane’s Wellington branch – with new recruit from Scotland, Anthony Gallagher, art expert Helena Walker, and toy specialist Bettina Frith, as they track down valuable items for some very lively auctions in the capital.

The series also follows roving antiques experts Peter Wedde and Hamish Walsh, as they tour the provinces, hosting antique roadshows and valuing private collections in their search for those rare hidden treasures.

For the first time, ‘Auction House’ also documents the startup of a new auction house, Art + Object, being set up by four young men – Hamish Coney, Ben Plumbly, James Parkinson and Ross Millar, who have all broken away from rival auction company Webb’s. The keen blokes are followed from the beginning, as they develop their new premises and go on the road to source art and furniture for their first auctions, through to their opening night party and the ‘honeymoon period’ of their first big contemporary art auction, then on to the leaner antique and furniture sales that follow. In a small but highly competitive market, the big question will be, do they have what it takes to succeed?

‘Auction House’ reveals the unique stories behind art and antiques and the interesting bunch of characters who buy and sell them.

Episode one shows Dunbar Senior and Junior clash with a famous artist’s son; Peter Wedde is moved to tears by a rare find in Nelson; and a new auction house, Art + Object, is born.