NEW OWNERS, NEW ERA FOR WEBB'S
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.