repatriated Māori taonga, contemporary art
Auction house Webb’s has sold $124,650 worth of repatriated Māori taonga to the highest bidders.
In the three-hour auction on Monday night, Webbs auctioned off around 60 items that were originally from Aotearoa but had been taken away over the years, as well as some Māori and New Zealand contemporary art pieces.
The pieces were auctioned off from as low as $75 and as much as $20,500.
The repatriated taonga included heitiki (carved ornaments), kete and wood carvings, among other items, and came to Webb’s from private collections.
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