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Good old Goldie does it again and steals the show at Mossgreen-Webb's.

By John Perry in Auckland on 12 April 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD
With the recent theft of two paintings by Gottfried Lindauer fresh in the minds of those in the art world, Mossgreen-Webb's had two fine paintings by Charles F. Goldie on offer in their sale of Important Paintings and Contemporary Art in Auckland on 11 April. As expected they were the highlight of the show, selling to the same buyer for just under $1.2 million (hammer) with Ka Pai Te Kai Paipa, Portrait of Te Hei, A Maori Chieftainess (above) achieving $740,000 hammer against estimates of $500K to $700K.

Gottfried Lindauer painting sets record at art auction in Wellington

10 April 2017

An unrecorded painting by famous New Zealand artist Gottfried Lindauer has sold at a record price in an auction on Wednesday. The portrait of Chief Renata Kawepo sold for $227,000 on Wednesday night at Dunbar Sloane. The previous highest price a Lindauer portrait sold for was $198,000 in 2000.  Dunbar Sloane director of fine and applied art Helena Walker said the painting was bought by a direct descendant of the sitter. "It couldn't be going to a better home," she said. The painting was sold with the original purchase receipt signed by Lindauer.

Radical religious messages left on website of art auction house Dunbar Sloane

9 April 2017

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 and 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.

Mystery bid to take Goldie masterpiece out of New Zealand

9 April 2017

The New Zealand Government is considering a bid by a mystery buyer to take one of the country's most celebrated historical artist's paintings offshore.The Ministry of Culture and Heritage confirmed it received an application to take a Charles F Goldie painting out of the country. It is considering whether the work should be protected by  laws allowing authorities to block culturally significant artefacts from being taken overseas. However, the identity of the painting and which country its owner hopes to take it to remains a mystery.

Art + Object's sale of Important Paintings and Contemporary Art produces mixed results.

By John Perry in Auckland on 7 April 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD

The Art + Object Auckland sale of 120 lots on 6 April got off to a flying start with a 39 lot consignment representing the decade of art buying by The Paint + Paper Collective. This hardcore modernist group of women collectors dominated the buying of the first 39 lots of the auction purchasing many of the works from the collective for their own collections.

Having purchased an absolute miscellany of ''fresh art by emerging and mid-career artists from the major dealer galleries in Auckland", one of the groups stated aims was ''no nanna art'' and to this end there was very little ''safe'' or ''conservative'' art that made its way into the collection.

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Breakneck Gorge, Hepburn Springs 1864
Johann Joseph Eugen Von Guerard, Breakneck Gorge, Hepburn Springs 1864, 53.0 x 98.7 cm, to be offered by Sotheby's Sydney 03/05/2017, Lot No. 41, Est: $1,000,000-1,200,000

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Ned Kelly - Outlaw, 1955
Sidney Robert Nolan, Ned Kelly - Outlaw, 1955, 91 x 71 cm, sold by Deutscher and Hackett Sydney 15/03/2017, Lot No. 9, Price: A$2,562,000