Chief Goldie’s painting is worth millions at auction

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A painting by pioneering New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie, which he considered one of his best and one of his personal favourites, is expected to fetch $1.5-2.5 million at an art auction in Auckland next month (April 5).

It is believed that Goldie began painting the Maori leader Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa in his Auckland studio in 1907 and completed it in 1931. Kamariera Te Hau Takiri Wharepapa was an iwi leader, speaker and thinker, who was part of a group of Maori who traveled to England in 1862 and met Queen Victoria.

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On April 5, the work will be auctioned at the Auckland International Art Center in a major and rare art sale. It will be accompanied by documents of authenticity, including a letter from Goldie’s late wife, Olive, confirming that it is indeed her late husband’s work, as well as a handwritten note from Goldie saying it was one of his favorites.

The oil on canvas is considered a masterpiece by Goldie, according to International Art Center director Richard Thomson, and has never been shown in public or offered for sale.

Olive Goldie sold the picture in 1957, 10 years after her death from lead poisoning. It went to Melbourne, then to London, where it remained in private hands.

Marlotte, Paris, 1894, a Goldie oil painting of a Paris street from the collection of New Zealand opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, will also be auctioned. It should fetch around $250,000.

An unpublished watercolor by Frances Hodgkins, purchased in the 1940s from the Lefevre Gallery in London, also attracted international attention. A private collection in England has Side entrancewhich could fetch up to $120,000.

House & Estuary, a work by Sir Peter Siddell, one of New Zealand’s best-known hyperrealist painters, is set to fetch $120,000. The painting belonged to the late Sir Wilson Wineray, a former captain of the All Blacks, and his wife Lady Elisabeth.

Still Life With Irises 1962a rare still life by Sir Cedric Morris, is expected to fetch up to $200,000 at auction.