New auction records for Michael Smither and Karl Maughan but C.F Goldie remains number one at International Art Centre’s Important and Rare Sale.
Two security guards posted outside the front of the International Art Centre on the night of their final Important and Rare auction for 2022 provided a stark reminder of the reality of being a retail business in Auckland currently. This year has seen a huge increase in crime in Auckland, especially ramraids and burglaries fuelled by a cost of living crisis and social inequality exacerbated by two years of Covid. International Art Centre was previously targeted in 2017 when two Maori portraits by painter Gottfried Lindauer were stolen after a utility vehicle was driven into their street front windows. The portraits with combined pre-auction estimates of about $700,000 have never been recovered. This sale contained two works by C.F Goldie totalling well over a million dollars which received good presale publicity in the national media prior to the sale so the presence of security guards in the current climate was a wise move.