Simpson and his Donkey painting sells for $420,000…

The largest version of the iconic painting, originally known as Simpson and his Donkey, has sold at auction in Auckland for $420,000.BEVAN READ/stuff.co.nz
Simpson and his Donkey painting sold for $420,000 plus commissions at the international art centre.
An iconic World War I painting of an injured soldier at Gallipoli has been sold at auction for $420,000.

The buyer is believed to be a New Zealander – and the sale price is expected to rise to more than $500,000 by the time premiums are added, the auctioneers in Auckland said.

The painting, originally titled Simpson and his Donkey, by Horace Moore-Jones, depicts a New Zealand medic assisting a badly wounded soldier on a donkey to a first aid post on Gallipoli in 1915.

The largest version of the iconic painting, originally known as Simpson and his Donkey, has sold at auction in Auckland for $420,000.
The largest version of the iconic painting, originally known as Simpson and his Donkey, has sold at auction in Auckland for $420,000.

It is the highest sale price for a Moore-Jones work.

The buyer also bought the photo the painting was based on for $32,000.

The painting is the largest and, thought to be, the first of five or six versions of the same scene by Moore-Jones, who served with the New Zealand forces at Gallipoli.

Earlier this year a smaller version of the same scene sold for $257,000.

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http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/arts/70456669/A-dark-stain-if-Anzac-icon-is-lost-to-public-NZ-First

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