Goldie painting sets record

12:31, Nov 20 2013
Goldie painting
MAORI PORTRAIT: Goldie was 22 when he painted Kawhena which sold for $732,800 this year.

A Goldie painting, described as a "national treasure", has fetched the highest ever price paid at auction for a painting in New Zealand. 

The painting of Kawhena, who was also known as Johnny Coffin, was painted by Charles Frederick Goldie in 1892.

It was sold at the International Art Centre in Auckland tonight for $733,000. 

The painting was bought by a private buyer. 

The painting was the artist's first portrait of a Maori kaumatua. It is considered one of Goldie's finest works.

Goldie, who died in 1947, is one of New Zealand's most recognised and sought-after artists.

Centre director Richard Thomson said: "People never tire of Goldie. " 

The work was said to be a "national treasure". 

The previous record was for the Colin McCahon painting Let be, let be, which sold for $704,000 in 1995. 

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