An exquisite selection of artwork owned by opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will go under the hammer in Parnell next week, expecting a net of between $4-$5 million.
The International Art Centre director Richard Thompson told Wendyl Nissen on The Long Lunch that it would be great if the artwork could all remain in New Zealand.
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“It’s quite possible that the Australian ones would return to their natural habitat,” Mr Thompson said.
The collection includes paintings by Kiwi artist Charles Fredrick Goldie, and several works by Australian artists Arthur Boyd and Lloyd Rees.
“I think it’s important that Goldie in particular stays in New Zealand,” he told RadioLIVE.
Those who wish to export a Goldie painting would have to complete an application process through the Ministry of Culture and Heritage.
“They belong here,” Mr Thompson said. “And they are a part of the nation’s history.”
“It seems logical that they would be sold in New Zealand to New Zealanders.”
Listen to the full interview with Richard Thompson above.
The Long Lunch with Wendyl Nissen, 12pm - 3pm on RadioLIVE and streaming live to the rova app on Android and iPhone.