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Goldie painting fetches record price

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6/04/2016

The last painting by iconic artist Charles Frederick Goldie is his most expensive work ever sold, after going under the hammer in Auckland.

The portrait, A Noble Relic of a Noble Race, depicts Ngati Manawa chief Wharekauri Tahuna and was finished in 1941, six years before the artist's death.

He did not paint again after 1941.

The painting sold for a record $1.175 million.

It has been described as an "artistic tour de force" with experts estimating the painting would be sold for anywhere from $800,000 to $1.2 million.

International Art Centre director Richard Thomson said it was an extremely powerful and sensitive piece from a virtuoso who is at the heart of New Zealand's artistic history.

It is still in its original frame, which is believed to have been made by Goldie's father.

In 2013, Goldie's first Maori portrait, Kawhena, Johnny Coffin (1892) sold for a record $732,500.

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