The statue's final price of $3.7m is a new world record for a Maori piece of art. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd, 2021
A rare carved statue of a woman with full moko sold at Christie's Paris auction this week for $3.7million. The original makers of the piece were not noted in the provenance and how it originally left the country is unknown. It was part of three high profile collections during the 20th Century until now. An anonymous "international buyer" was the highest bidder on the day.