A collection of important and rare works of art – including paintings by New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie – could sell for more than $5 million at auction.
The auction on Tuesday will also include work by the likes of Ralph Hotere, Rita Angus and Banksy, to name but a few.
Three of Goldie’s paintings will be up for sale, with International Art Center director Richard Thomson predicting they could set a new record of $2.2 million.
“It’s incredibly rare to have three Goldies in one sale, and two have never been seen on the market,” Thomson said.
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Although Goldie showed promise of artistic talent while a teenager at Auckland Grammar, his career properly began in 1900, when he presented a series of portraits at the Auckland Society of Arts.
Goldie dedicated his life to painting Māori chiefs (rangatira) and Māori leaders, with the aim of preserving the heritage of Māori people.
An example of this is the painting Māori Rangatira with Hei-Tiki, drawn and completed in 1939.
The rare artwork is estimated to sell for anywhere between $800,000 and $1.2 million, as this is the first time the piece has entered the market.
The second piece, Māori Rangatira Wharekauri Tahuna – The Calm Close of Valour’s Various Day – was painted in 1918 and has been in the same family for 104 years.
Thomson said the painting, which is expected to fetch more than $900,000, “depicts the great calm of a Māori chief. [rangatira]”.
The last piece is a “beautiful drawing” by the infamous Māori guide Sophia Hinerangi, and was owned by Goldie’s cousin until 2017.
Hinerangi was the lead tour guide of the Pink and White Terraces at Lake Rotomahana, a friend and favorite subject of Goldie’s.
Something that makes this piece even more special is the message from Goldie written on the piece: “To Mater from Charlie.”
Sophia’s owner succeeded, and the drawing came full circle, back in the hands of the International Art Center.
Also for sale in the collection are three prints by Banksy, the most famous anonymous artist in the industry.
The three prints, Have a Nice Day, No Ball Games and Golf Sale, are expected to fetch a combined $325,000 at auction.
Thomson said the International Art Center has become known in the industry as a place to buy the infamous graffiti artists’ pieces.
“We have $5 to $6 million worth of sales [Banksy’s] prints alone, with one reaching $1.755 million last year,” Thomson said.
“He is a modern-day Michaelangelo, one of the most important artists of the 21st century.”
The important and rare artwork sale will begin at 6pm, Tuesday 29 November, at the International Art Center in Parnell.