Paint­ing fetches $505,000

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A paint­ing of Sir John Lo­gan Camp­bell, a found­ing fa­ther and a for­mer mayor of Auck­land, has sold for more than $500,000 at auc­tion.

The paint­ing, by Louis John Steele, had not pre­vi­ously been dis­played in pub­lic since it was painted, be­lieved to have been in 1903.

It fetched $505,000 af­ter a ‘‘par­tic­u­larly en­thu­si­as­tic’’ round of bid­ding at Tues­day night’s auc- tion at the In­ter­na­tional Art Cen­tre in Auck­land.

Cen­tre di­rec­tor Richard Thom­son said it was a ‘‘fan­tas­tic out­come’’, and said he was pleased to note the paint­ing would be stay­ing in Auck­land.

‘‘This is an ex­cep­tion­ally im­por­tant paint­ing in the his­tory of New Zealand art and that was recog­nised by the level of bid­ding and en­thu­si­asm.

‘‘We be­lieve be­cause of the im­por­tance of this work it must rank as a na­tional trea­sure,’’ Thom­son said.

Two Charles Goldie paint­ings were also up for sale on Tues­day.

A paint­ing of a Maori chief sold for $530,000, which was $30,000 above its es­ti­mate, and the sec­ond Goldie paint­ing was still un­der ne­go­ti­a­tion.

Sev­eral other paint­ing also sold for well above their preauc­tion val­u­a­tion.

Thom­son said he was pleased the John Lo­gan Camp­bell paint­ing went for above its es­ti­mate of $500,000.

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This por­trait of Sir John Lo­gan Camp­bell sold for $505,00 on Tues­day night in Auck­land.

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