Flagship piece, Vive Aramoana (pictured), sells for $183,000.
"I am sure he enjoyed having it on his wall. That is the main reason to buy art. Any increase is just a bonus."
Pieces for next month's auction include Vive Aramoana, which fetched a record price in 2002.
The New Zealand opera singer’s 1998 Sir Peter Siddell oil of Mt Eden village was bought by a private buyer, who paid more than double the previous record for a Siddell painting sold at auction.
A painting owned by opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa is expected to fetch more than $160,000 in an international art auction this month.
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