A Charles Goldie oil painting of a Maori woman who wrote many favorite Maori songs has sold for $450,000 at a major and rare art sale in Auckland.
‘Memories’ Rakapa, an Arawa chief, has been painted by Goldie in 1910, but sold tonight for $450,000, which was higher than its estimated starting price of $400,000. The work attracted eight bids and with buyer’s premium and GST, the price was $540,540.
The sale of important and rare art at the International Art Center featured many other highly regarded artists such as Gottfried Lindauer, whose oil painting Girl with Gourd shows a young Maori woman with a moko (chin tattoo) holding an intricately carved gourd. It fetched $290,000 (excluding buyer’s premium and GST), well above its estimated starting price of $220,000.
Goldie’s painting was in Goldie’s original wooden frame.
Goldie died in 1947, and through his art he is considered to have greatly influenced other New Zealand artists and cultural awareness. He is considered the best painter of ancient Maori and important people.
The sale was organized by the auctioneer, the director of the International Art Center Richard Thomson, who said that Goldie was always popular and that his art was “exquisite” and “spiritually charged” and that his portraits were always powerful of Maori have made an unparalleled contribution to the history of art in New York. Zeeland.
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