The last painting by New Zealand artist Charles Fredrick Goldie has sold for $1.175 million at auction in Auckland.
The 1941 oil portrait of Wharekauri Tahuna is thought to be Goldie’s last major work before he died
Wharekauri Tahuna was a tohunga, or priest, of Ngāi Tūhoe.
The painting is titled “A Noble Relic of a Noble Race”. It was painted the year before Goldie stopped painting and just six years before he died.
There had been a lot of interest in the auction both from New Zealand and overseas and the painting had been estimated to go for between $800,000 and $1.2m.
Goldie is probably New Zealand’s best-known artist.