CF Goldie painting sells for $265,000 at auction in Auckland

'Memories', left, and 'Tamaiti Tukino' went up for auction in Auckland on Wednesday.
International Art Centre

'Memories', left, and 'Tamaiti Tukino' went up for auction in Auckland on Wednesday.

A painting by celebrated artist Charles Frederick Goldie sold for $265,000 at auction in Auckland on Wednesday.

The painting, Memories, depicts an Arawa chieftainess named Rakapa.

​Another Goldie painting, Tamaiti Tukino, was under negotiation.

The works were auctioned at Auckland's International Art Centre in Parnell.
Adam Firth / International Art Centre

The works were auctioned at Auckland's International Art Centre in Parnell.

The two paintings were expected to fetch between $285,000 to $350,000 each.

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Rakapa was a favourite model of Goldie's and he painted her on several occasions.

Goldie's 'A Noble Relic of a Noble Life' fetched a record price of  $1,377,600 when it was auctioned off in April.
JASON DORDAY/FAIRFAX NZ

Goldie's 'A Noble Relic of a Noble Life' fetched a record price of $1,377,600 when it was auctioned off in April.

She is portrayed bearing a traditional moko (face tattoo) and wearing greenstone earrings and a talisman tiki.

The other painting's subject, Tamaiti Tukino, was 95 years old when Goldie painted her.

She was a chieftainess of Ngati Tuwharetoa and like Rakapa, she is depicted wearing greenstone jewellery and with facial tattooing.

The International Art Centre's Richard Thomson said Goldie's works usually attracted a lot of interest.

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"It was an extraordinary opportunity to acquire a painting by Charles Goldie. 

"Goldie will never go out of fashion in the art world. He portrays the spirit of the Maori people in a way that can never be done in a photograph and that is a rare artistic ability."

Earlier in the year, the centre sold Goldie's A Noble Relic of a Noble Life  for $1.38 million - the highest price ever fetched for a Goldie painting.

Goldie, best known for his portrayal of Maori dignitaries, died at age 76, in 1947.

 - Stuff.co.nz

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