Bidding slow, but sculptures sell

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Auctioneer Greg Jopson, right, encourages the crowd to bid on this Timaru basalt work called Run Rabbit Run by artist Jocelyn Pratt.

Bidding was slow on the day, but nine of the 16 sculptures created at this year’s Ashburton Stone Sculpture Symposium have now been sold.

The top selling piece went for $6000 and two others nudged the $5000 mark.

The cheapest sculpture sold went for $450.

The seven remaining works will remain on site on the Ashburton Domain’s Long Lawn and sold at reserve over the coming months.

Symposium organiser and local sculptor Brent Holley said he was pleased with how the auction went and the prices reached.

Auctioneer Greg Jopson from Property Brokers had done a fine job, said Mr Holley.

“We need the support from the public at auction and for people to buy pieces to make the symposium work.

“It’s important to look after the sculptors and to make it worth their trip here,” said Mr Holley.

He said the symposium had the potential to grow further and he hoped to be able to organise another in two years time.

Mr Holley, who runs Ashburton’s Grace Gallery with his partner Grace Henry, is heading to Rarotonga soon to meet with others to look at the possibility of organising a sculpture symposium on the island in the future.