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Real estate agency announces pledge to Govett-Brewster Art Gallery

Real estate agency announces pledge to Govett-Brewster Art Gallery


To coincide with the opening of the highly-anticipated Auckland Art Fair (AAF) next week, leading real estate agency New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (NZSIR) has announced a commitment to donate funds to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery via an exclusive offer for guests of the prestigious event.

NZSIR will donate $3000 on the successful sale of each property listed with them by VIP guests of the AAF, or direct referrals from these guests, to the acclaimed Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in New Plymouth.

The partnership is perfectly suited given the company’s beginnings as Sotheby’s Auction House, which has been integral in the sale of some of the world’s most distinctive art works, antiques, artefacts and jewellery since 1744, NZSIR co-owner Mark Harris says.

“To celebrate our long association with fine art, we are delighted to be a VIP event partner of the AAF 2016. We’re equally as thrilled to be able to offer VIP guests of the event an opportunity to give back to the Govett-Brewster Foundation, which shares our dedication to exquisite art,” he says.

Chair of the Govett-Brewster Foundation, Alex Laurenson, says: “We’re thrilled that NZSIR has chosen the Govett-Brewster Foundation as the recipient of their generous offer and grateful for their ongoing support. It is a dynamic form of partnership that we’re pleased to be linked with.”

Funds donated to the Govett-Brewster Foundation will be used to secure art for the permanent collection of the Govett-Brewster Gallery at the subsequent AAF in 2018, says Gallery director Simon Rees.

“NZSIR’s donated funds will ensure an acquisition or two for the Govett-Brewster Collection, purchased in a way that supports the AAF, the New Zealand commercial gallery community and leading artists from our region. Purchasing art in the spotlight of a fair is especially helpful in growing public awareness about collecting and the nature of the collection here,” Rees says.

The Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is a partner for the not-for-profit “Projects” section at this year’s AAF, which opens Wednesday, May 25, at The Cloud on Auckland’s waterfront.

“We are pleased to have NZSIR on board as a VIP partner of the AAF – Sotheby’s long-standing interest and commitment to fine art is perfectly aligned with our event,” AAF co-director Stephanie Post says.


Offer terms and conditions: To be eligible, properties must be located within close proximity of a NZSIR office and must be listed by, or have a direct referral from, a VIP guest of the Auckland Art Fair. Properties must be listed exclusively with NZSIR and the offer detailed on an NZSIR exclusive listing agreement. Any funds donated to the Govett-Brewster Foundation will be in the name of and credited to the original homeowner. 

For more information, please contact:
NZ Sotheby’s International Realty co-owner Mark Harris: 021 790 155,
NZ Sotheby’s International Realty National Marketing Director Clodagh Hall: 021 977 606,

About New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty
New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty is a specialist agency that focuses on the sale of premium property through quality marketing and global networking. Founded in 2005 by Mark Harris and Julian Brown, the NZ branch of the global company has 13 offices nationwide – in Herne Bay and Parnell in Auckland, Matakana, Bay of Islands, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington, Nelson, Marlborough, Christchurch, Wanaka, Arrowtown and its head office in Queenstown. It is part of Sotheby’s International Realty – the world’s leading luxury real estate company – with a global network of 845 offices and more than 19,000 agents throughout 63 countries. It is through this unparalleled luxury network that NZSIR is able to access and market properties on an international level.


Rebecca Williamson
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