High hopes for Te Kanawa art sale
Sun, 15 Jul 2012 2:28p.m.
A painting owned by opera star Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is expected to fetch a record price at an auction in Auckland this month.
Sir Peter Siddell's 1988 oil on canvas, Opening, will be auctioned at the International Art Centre in Parnell on July 26.
Director Richard Thomson said Dame Kiri had owned the painting for more than 10 years and it was likely to fetch a record price for the artist.
"We believe it could bring up to $165,000.
"It is a particularly fine work and one of Sir Peter's most significant paintings in both size and topic."
The work depicts a suburban mosaic of houses around Mt Eden shopping village. Auckland-born Sir Peter died last year aged 76.
Mr Thomson said Dame Kiri had a great appreciation for New Zealand art and was constantly updating her collection.
In other offerings at the auction, a 1984 oil painting by Don Binney of Karekare Beach is expected to fetch up to $200,000 and a Gottfried Lindauer oil of Maori woman Tapita Matina up to $150,000.
The sale will also feature the biggest collection of works by renowned wildlife artist Raymond Ching to be offered at one time.
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