One of New Zealand's finest private art collections goes under the hammer this week in a two-part auction at Art+Object on Wednesday and Thursday. 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 lift their home and build a gallery space underneath it. 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: Peter Peryer's 1989 portrait of Les and Milly Paris