Goldie painting stolen in Hamilton burglary found
A painting by CF Goldie stolen in Hamilton was found.
A painting believed to be an original by one of New Zealand’s most famous artists was found in Hamilton after being stolen.
Hamilton police confirmed Monday that the painting titled Sleep ’tis a Gentle Thing by New Zealand artist Charles Frederick Goldie was found over the weekend.
The painting was reported stolen in a break-in on property in Hamilton East between December 27, 2020 and January 3, 2021. It has been valued at well over $ 500,000.
While the painting has yet to be thoroughly examined, police said it was undamaged.
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Charles Frederick Goldie’s last major work of art was A Noble Relic of a Noble Race, auctioned for $ 1,377,600. This video was first published in April 2016.
Hamilton police said they were continuing their investigation and as a result of that investigation they found the painting over the weekend.
The owners had been informed and were delighted with the restoration of the painting.
Three men, aged 41, 45 and 49, were jointly charged with burglary in connection with the theft of the painting and other items.
Charles Ninow, head of the Webb auction house, looked at a photo of the stolen painting and said the piece was an original worth “well over half a million dollars.”
Ninow said the last time the original item was sold was on another auction house for $ 280,000 in 2012
The rise in prices was due to fewer and fewer Goldie paintings being put on the market, he said.
“These are amazing investments. They go up and down every year. Most of the people who buy them are not buying them to sell them to make a profit. “
The stolen painting by Ngāti Maru and Ngāti Paoa boss Hori Pokai was made in 1933 when Goldie was 63 years old.
Goldie’s most expensive piece, A Noble Relic of a Noble Race, by Wharekauri Tahuna, head of Ngāti Manawa, sold for $ 1,337,687 at auction in Auckland in 2016.
Police said art theft was on the rise after finding more than 30 works of art stolen from several homes in the Coromandel area in recent months.