Webb’s is a fully diversified, multi-department auction house with a focus on fine art and single-owner collections. Other departments led by our team of experienced specialists include: Chinese & Asian Art; Collectors’ Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia; Fine & Rare Wines; International Decorative Arts; Jewels & Watches; Oceanic, Maori & Indigenous Arts; Sporting Memorabilia; and Stamps, Coins & Postal History. Webb’s offers clients trans-Tasman exposure and diverse catalogues featuring quality work.
Established in 1976, Webb’s has a long and rich history as New Zealand’s premier auction house. Founder Peter Webb began his career in the art industry as exhibitions officer at Auckland Art Gallery in the 1950s. He established Auckland’s first dealer gallery and opened with Colin McCahon’s first Auckland exhibition in 1958; then, by the early 1970s, Webb began to introduce art auctions to his New Zealand clients. These auctions were met with an enthusiastic response and, gradually, the business transformed to be the first auction house in New Zealand to sell contemporary art at auction.
Peter and Ann Webb sold the business in October 2014 and in 2018 the business was acquired by Aucklanders Bruce Qin and Ewen Mackenize-Bowie with the aim to continue the legacy of founder Peter Webb.