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WEBB’S, NEW ZEALAND’S mul­ti­de­part­ment auc­tion house for more than 40 years, has been pur­chased by Auck­lan­ders Bruce Qin and Ewen Macken­zie-Bowie.

“Webb’s has a re­mark­able tra­di­tion dat­ing back to 1976 and we, as the new own­ers, re­spect and greatly value that her­itage,” they say.

“Our core pur­pose is to con­tinue to of­fer spe­cial­ist auc­tions of fine art, dec­o­ra­tive arts, jew­ellery, fine and rare wine, sin­gle owner col­lec­tions and pri­vate treaty. As we take Webb’s for­ward into this new era, we will also be in­tro­duc­ing in­no­va­tive new ways to at­tract a new gen­er­a­tion of col­lec­tors."

Webb’s will con­tinue to trade at its Par­nell lo­ca­tion for the in­terim, while look­ing for newer and more spa­cious premises to hold a week of in­au­gu­ral auc­tions, com­menc­ing 12th June.

“Hav­ing been very suc­cess­ful in the ex­tremely com­pet­i­tive pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor for al­most two decades, we will be bring­ing our best busi­ness prac­tices across to the equally com­pet­i­tive world of auc­tion houses,” says Macken­zie-Bowie.

Plans for Webb’s in­clude mak­ing on­line buy­ing and selling eas­ier by us­ing new tech­nol­ogy and in­vest­ing in digi­tis­ing Webb’s ex­ten­sive 40-year ar­chive to make it eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble to art-world schol­ars and col­lec­tors.

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