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Lin Onus work likely to a new auction record for the artist

By John Furphy on 27 April 2017 // Exclusive to the AASD
Specialists at Deutscher and Hackett are expecting a new auction record for Lin Onus when a monumental work by the artist comes up for sale in Sydney on 10 May. 'Riddle of the Koi', 1994 was released from the artist's estate in 2016 for a touring exhibition when it was bought by a private collector in Sydney. Its return to the market also marks its auction debut.

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, and without a shadow of doubt they certainly stole the show attracting serious bidding from all quarters. Mossgreen-Webb's had compiled an extensive catalogue of 102 works including the sell down of yet another art buying collective, this one the Art Capers Collection.

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.

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Forthcoming Auctions

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

Completed Auctions

We Are in Australia, C1996
Garry Shead, We Are in Australia, C1996, 92 x 122 cm, sold by Menzies Melbourne 09/02/2017, Lot No. 31, Price: A$73,636