$ 2.05 million artwork sets New Zealand record

'A Peak In Darien' sculpture by Kiwi artist Michael Parekowhai.


‘A Peak In Darien’ sculpture by Kiwi artist Michael Parekowhai.

One piece of art has sold for over $ 2 million, making it the highest price paid for a New Zealand piece of art.

Michael Parekowhai’s “A Peak in Darien” reached $ 2.05 million when it was auctioned off at the Burr Tatham Art Auction at the Art + Object Gallery in Auckland on Saturday, when the art sales have fallen like dominoes.

“Almost all of the buyers are local, both private collectors, galleries and museums, ensuring that these important works by New Zealand’s greatest artists remain in Aotearoa to be enjoyed by generations to come,” the founders said. of Art + Objects, Leigh Melville and Ben Plumbly in a press release. joint statement.

“The records achieved are a mark of confidence in our extraordinary artists. “

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The $ 2.05 million sale set the record for highest auction price for a living New Zealand artist, highest price for a New Zealand artwork, and highest price paid for a work of art at a New Zealand auction.

A Banksy painting that sold in Auckland in March for $ 1.7 million was the previous New Zealand most expensive art sale.


Colin McCahon’s “St Matthew: Lightning” also sold for over $ 1 million.

There were three sales over $ 1 million on Saturday night. Colin McCahon’s “St Matthew: Lightning” and “Entombment after Titian” also broke the $ 1 million mark.

The paintings were part of the estate of Peter Tatham, who died in March 2017, followed by his partner Adrian Burr in December 2020.

The auction continues on Sunday.


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