The artwork by renowned Kiwi painter Charles F. Goldie was sold at an auction in Auckland for $ 1.8 million.
This painting was named Taeha Utakiri Fale Papa after the main subject of the Maori tribe and was sold at the International Art Center.
The hammer price was $ 1,570,000 and the final selling price was $ 1,884,000. This is an addition to the buyer’s premium and GST.
The total exceeds the previous record of Goldie paintings set in his November. Hori Pokai-Sturdy and Stubborn Chief – A 1919 painting by Langatilla in the Thames – sold at an auction for $ 1.7 million.
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before that Noble relics of noble life, The last painting before Goldie died in 1947 sold for $ 1.38 million in 2016.
Earlier on Tuesday, auctioneer and director of the International Art Center, Richard Thomson, said the painting was expected to be available between $ 1.5 million and $ 2.5 million.
Looking back Hori Pokai-Sturdy and Stubborn ChiefWas a painting of “about one-third the size” of Kamariela te How Takiri Falepapa’s work, but recent sales are likely to bring record numbers to the auction house, he said. Told.
“I think this will definitely be a record of Goldie’s artwork,” he said.
“It was an artist’s favorite painting and a reasonably sized painting for Goldie. It’s a major work.”
Not only is this work known to be a favorite of Goldie, an artist famous for portraying Maori officials, but it is just one of four known portraits of Falepapa.
Two are in the Auckland Museum collection and the third is privately owned. This fourth piece was kept in Goldie’s personal collection after his death until it was given to his wife Olive Goldie.
Goldie’s wife sold the work in 1957, which went to Melbourne and then London, where it was privately owned.
Thomson said painting buyers are likely to be individual collectors, but museum and iwi members can easily start bidding “out of the woodwork”.
“You never know about this.”
Other paintings under the hammer on Tuesday are from many respected local kiwi artists, including Frances Hodgkins and Dick Frizzell, as well as works of art from foreign celebrities like Banksy. Was straddling Toxic Mary..