La Chute d'Icare (the Fall of Icarus), Pureora: The Last Flight of the Kokako.
Oil on Board, 1979
One of the highlights from the Warwick and Kitty Brown art collection at Mossgreen-Webb's was lot 18, a major ornithological and environmental artwork from New Zealand artist Don Binney.
Estimated at $300,000 - $500,000, it was hammered down for $529,000, a clear auction record for the artist. Prices have seen a dramatic upward trajectory in recent years for his bird paintings.
The artwork was created at the request of an environmental group looking for a fundraising postcard to help save the ancient forests at Poreora.
The provenance and a perfect culmination of the artists technique (combed paint and palette-knife application), environmental vision and a deep admiration of New Zealand birdlife saw this painting make a deserved artist auction record and a worthy place in the canon of great New Zealand paintings.