Friday, June 29, 2012

Paris Family Collection to be auctioned

One of New Zealand's finest private art collections goes under the hammer in a two-part auction at Art and Object in September. Formed by Les and Milly Paris over four and a half decades, the collection covered just about every square inch of their walls, prompting a later decision to build another floor on their otherwise modestly-scaled home. Collecting was an all-consuming passion for Les and Milly, but it wasn't ever just about the art. They built longstanding, personal relationships with artists fortunate enough to be in their collecting sights, becoming much-loved figures in the New Zealand art world.
Image: Les and Milly Paris talking to Dowse Art Gallery director Jim Barr in the 70s