Charles Goldie’s chef’s painting sold for $1.8 million at auction
A famous painting by New Zealand artist Charles Goldie of Kamariera Te Hau chief Takiri Wharepapa sold for $1.8million at auction on Tuesday night.
The painting was one of Goldie’s favorites and considered one of his finest works.
Auckland International Art Center auction director Richard Thomson said First Up Goldie’s painting was revered for its subject matter and the quality of its workmanship.
“I think this one is really important because he painted for his wife, Olive, and obviously he had a lot of passion for the artwork itself and providence was the main catalyst for the award. , I would say,” Thomson said.
“Even the subject is unbelievable… he went to the UK with 13 other people and they had dinner with Queen Victoria… then he met one of the maids, an English maid, he married her in England they come home on the boat, she had his child… they came home, he had three or four other children, one of whom married an All Black, Thomas ‘Darby’ Ryan,” he said.
“It’s also a beautiful large-scale painting…we got $1.7 million for Hori Pokai in November of last year. They’re really sought after.”
The work was purchased by a well-known private collector in Auckland, he said.
Another Goldie painting owned by Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was also sold for $300,000.
Works by Frances Hodgkins, Ralph Hotere and Toss Wollaston were also among those auctioned.