Art experts outraged by stolen Goldie painting

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International Art Center director Richard Thomson said thieves may not have known the value of Charles Goldie’s precious painting when they took it

Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing was stolen from a Hamilton home.
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The theft of the painting from a Hamilton property this week outraged art lovers across the country.

Sleep is a sweet thing [https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/434532/goldie-painting-sleep-tis-a-gentle-thing-stolen-from-hamilton-property was taken along with other valuable artworks] and antiques between December 27 and January 3.

Goldie produced several versions of the painting, which depicts a sleeping chef Hori Pakai. One was sold to the International Art Center in 2009 for $ 454,000.

After examining a police photo of the stolen artwork, center director Richard Thomson believes it could be the same.

Thomson said Morning report the theft was upsetting to the community and he urged whoever was responsible for the theft to return it as if trying to sell it, he would get caught.

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“They grabbed it and they took a major piece of New Zealand art history and they have to give it back,” he said.

“It’s sad that someone took it, but it doesn’t necessarily seem like they know what it is, but what else was taken doesn’t sound so interesting.” .

“It seems strange that they took this and then another worthless painting, so it doesn’t seem like they know the meaning of it … it seems like opportunistic theft, or they’ve targeted this and grabbed what ‘other they could at the time. “

He said the painting had both monetary and historical value, estimating that this particular work by Goldie could reach well over $ 1 million.

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“A painting like this was sold for $ 1.4 million at auction, so I would say the value is between $ 800,000 and $ 1.2 million for this particular example, because it’s a really good example.

“I sold a similar one in 2008 for $ 454,000 at auction, but the market has changed dramatically since… It’s unusual now for a Goldie to sell below half a million. But he’s a classic Goldie, a very good example. “

The work was painted between 1933 and 1938, making it a late example, when the artist was in his sixties.

“This is an important piece because very good work was done at the time.”

Thieves, Thomson said, would not be wise to try to sell the painting and it was in their best interests to find a way to return it.

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“It has absolutely no value to them. If they think they can sell it in the market or the international market, they just can’t. It’s a hot property and as soon as someone spots it. , it will be reported. So that would be foolish. to do anything. Bring it to your local police station, call us or call the radio, take it back. “

Other items taken from the house included a set of Koch & Bergfeld cutlery. Police are requesting information, including sightings of the objects.

The International Art Center was also the subject of a major theft in 2017, when two paintings by Goldie’s contemporary Gottfried Lindauer were taken during a ram theft.

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