“.. The purchase of the works by Bill Culbert means taxpayers have now effectively funded them twice –
– once when Creative New Zealand paid $650,000 for their creation and showing at last year’s Venice Biennale –
– and now as Te Papa adds them to the national collection.
The museum could not say how much it spent on the works – Daylight Flotsam Venice and Drop – citing confidentiality.
However the Auckland gallery that brokered the deal said it was ‘less than $500,000’..”
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