Hidden amongst the works of art in Lyon & Turnbull's auction for British and European Paintings was Lot 64 - this beautiful work of Te Hei, A Maori Chieftainess by Charles Frederick Goldie (NZ 1870 -1947). Entitled "Ka Pai Te Kai Paipa" the catalogue notes tell us it once belonged to Major Charles Passmore who was a military decorated New Zealander, wounded twice in World War II and awarded the Military Cross. My quick research could not find where Major Passmore lived or died, so assume he lived in Britain with this work. Estimate was £50,000-80,000, but last night it sold for £203,000 including buyer's Premium. I wonder who bought her and if she will come home.
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