What the ex­perts say about it:

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Sev­eral Auck­land art houses were con­tacted to get their opin­ion on the paint­ing.

Webbs, New­mar­ket: Di­rec­tor So­phie Cou­p­land says it’s un­likely any­body in New Zealand can ver­ify the paint­ing’s authen­tic­ity. It needs to be com­pared to the artist’s other works side by side. This can’t be done by not­ing sim­i­lar­i­ties from photographs, she says.

In­ter­na­tional Art Cen­tre, Par­nell: Af­ter be­ing given the name of the paint­ing and the artist a re­cep­tion­ist says they can’t help and Mr Nicholson is best off con­tact­ing Auck­land Art Gallery.

Auck­land Art Gallery, Auck­land City: The gallery doesn’t give val­u­a­tions or au­then­ti­ca­tions to any work that isn’t ex­hib­ited by them.

Art and Ob­ject, Newton: Val­uer James Parkin­son says he comes across in­ter­na­tional works all the time and au­then­ti­ca­tion is sim­ply a mat­ter of check­ing records and com­par­ing the paint­ing to sim­i­lar works by the artist. He in­vited Mr Nicholson to bring the paint­ing in for a free ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion how­ever as the two orig­i­nal paint­ings are ac­counted for he says it’s un­likely Hunt painted a third. Such an iconic im­age is likely to have been re­pro­duced in prints many times. Some prints called oleographs are painted to make them seem gen­uine.

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