Local Greytown auctioneer Mike Perry of Wakefield Auction sells painting for world record price of $200,000 at Aratoi artists auction Masterton Friday 13th of April 2018.
The centrepiece of the Auction was Lot 41, Triptych: Homage to Rodchenko, 1966, a pivotal and monumental painting by Milan Mrkusich, regarded as New Zealand’s greatest living painter. Aratoi had mounted a major Mrkusich exhibition in 2014/2015 and is pleased that the Triptych sold at the Auction, with the hammer price of $200,000 being the highest price ever received for a Mrkusich work.
The winning bidder for the Mrkusich was anonymous and only registered on the day of the auction itself. The excitement in the room was tremendous and palpable . “The Triptych is one of Mrkusich’s largest works, at 1753 mm x 2619 mm, and the new owner, in Auckland, is the first owner – the painting had never been sold before.”
Eighty-three (83) lots of fine art were contributed by 70 local, national and international painters, photographers, sculptors, mixed-media artists, jewellers, printmakers, and ceramicists who had exhibited at the Museum over the years. Major artists included Milan Mrkusich, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, Elizabeth Thomson, and Ans Westra.