Cam Millar: Manager The Estate at Webb’s

Since its inception in early 2023, The Estate at Webb’s auction house has been somewhat of a hidden gem both for bargain hunters and connoisseurs of enduring design objects full of uniqueness, pedigree and personality.

The Estate at Webb’s is a fortnightly, online auction and physical gallery/showroom space presenting a diverse range of design treasures varying from decorative homewares to rare and large pieces of furniture by local and international makers. It’s the ultimate vintage market and the best place to buy second hand and vintage in New Zealand.

Situated adjacent to Webb’s primary gallery in Mount Eden, this locale offers a unique chance to experience furniture and lighting from a variety of design eras, glassware, ceramics, art, and more all available for purchase via online auction at exceptionally affordable prices.

According to Cam Millar, manager of The Estate, “we are often graced by objects from some of New Zealand and the world’s most well-known designers. The Estate is an Aladdin’s cave of Scandinavian. American and even local New Zealand design.

“We have seen objects from the Memphis Revival movement, gems of industrial design, as well as more every day, utilitarian homewares and objects that are one offs or incredibly rare,” continues Millar.

What makes The Estate interesting is that sometimes these items are being auctioned with no reserve, by motivated vendors who would like to see these objects passed on to people who truly appreciate them, understand their significance or can give them the care and attention they deserve.

“If all the planets align, buyers can walk away with significant design pieces at prices that are hard to believe, from B&B Italia sofas to sublime Italian lighting and everything in between,” Millar continues, “obviously, other times we have sellers who are very well-versed in the importance of their items and want to reach the best prices. In those cases we do everything in our power to set realistic reserves and reach the highest hammer prices for them.”

While these are online auctions, the space is curated and on view for a week leading up to the auction closing. This provides our bidders with an opportunity to engage with the pieces and speak with our specialist team – who are on hand to assist with any queries.

Contact Cam Millar, Manager, The Estate
T: 09 529 5601 or 022 342 5610

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Published: March 2024