19 Nov 2010

Goldie sold at auction for $573,000

3:22 pm on 19 November 2010

A painting by Charles Goldie offered by opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, has fetched a record auction price of $573,000.

The 1939 oil painting, called Forty Winks, depicts a Taupo warrior in the Kingi Movement, Rutene Te Uamairangi.

It was auctioned on Thursday night at the International Art Centre of Auckland, which says Dame Kiri is delighted with the sale to a New Zealand buyer.

Centre director Richard Thomson says the previous top auction price for a Goldie was $454,000 in 2008.