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Drawing understood to be by C F Goldie (previously Karl Feodor Sim). A lovable rogue but Karl's works have become collectible in their own right.

Tamehana was the real C F Goldie's first Maori portrait in 1900.

Frame 315mm x 353mm
Drawing 150mm x 185mm

Karl Feodor Goldie - New Zealand's most famous art forger and former resident of Foxton died on 21 October 2013.

C F Goldie previously Karl Feodor Sim was born in Mangaweka in 1923 - his parents were Leo and Mary. He had 4 sisters: Margaret, Rita, Erica and Leomay.

According to Wikipedia, "he copied and sold paintings and drawings of such artists as Frances Hodgkins, Colin McCahon, and Charles F Goldie, in his antique and wine shop in Foxton".

In 1985 Sim was convicted of forgery and "uttering" and fined $1,000 plus 200 hours' Community Service (including painting the Foxton Town Hall and the public toilets in Foxton),then he changed his name by deed poll from Karl Feodor Sim(s) to Carl Feodor Goldie (C.F. Goldie). He painted this signature on his shop in Foxton.

In 2003, in conjunction with Tim Wilson, he wrote a book about his life story called: "Good as Goldie; the amazing story of New Zealand's most famous art forger".

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