A male mannequin covered in postage stamps is one of about 3500 works by 500 selected artists for sale at the New Zealand Art Show at TSB Bank Arena from Friday to Sunday.
Mail Model, by Paraparaumu artist Rachel Goodman, took about 120 hours and a thousand stamps to complete.
Response to the piece has been mixed. "People either really love it or really hate it," Goodman said. The stamps - some dating back to pre-decimal days - brought back memories for some.
"People will look at a stamp and remember what they were doing or how old they were."
Show director Carla Russell said all art in the show was priced between $100 and $5000, with an average price of $500 to $600.