Radical religious messages left on website of art auction house Dunbar Sloane
Going, going, gone.
Dunbar Sloane, New Zealand's prestigious art auction house, got a raw deal when its homepage, was hacked on Saturday.
Messages "to the sons of monkeys and pigs" were left on the homepages at dunbarsloane.co.nz and dunbarsloane.com. The auction house uses both domain names in its promotions.
"This hacked [sic] is dedicated to the Palestinian People," the site read at 5pm.
"Your security is very low," the message said. It appeared alongside the tagline "hacked by #ShysterAngel".
"Israhell does not have a presence we will continue to hacked your site because you are our enemies," it said.
Several images of Middle Eastern conflict anchor the hacked page, sitting under rows of Arabic text.
According to a translator, the messages were "In support of Palestinian people and they are sending a message to Israelis that Palestine belongs to Palestinians and not Zionists."
Speaking on behalf of the auction house, a spokesman said he had been working as fast as possible to get the IT people who look after the website to fix it.
He had no idea why the site was targeted.
"We're auctioneers... we've done nothing controversial in terms of Palestinian or Israeli stuff."
The site was last hacked by someone about two years ago.
Dunbar Sloane is a prominent auctioneer of art, antiques, artefacts and colonial collectables.
The auction house's New Zealand and International Fine Art Auction last week grossed more than $1.3 million.
It included the sale of the portrait, Tamehana (1900), by Charles Frederick Goldie, was sold for $322,000.
Started in Wellington in 1918 by Andrew Dunbar Sloane, the business has stayed in the family and is in the hands of the third and fourth generation, Dunbar Russell Sloane and Dunbar Michael Sloane in Auckland.
An Auckland branch was opened in 2000 and specialises in the sale of militaria and Maori and Pacific artefacts and New Zealand historical items.