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Jack Vettriano painting of Zara Phillips goes on sale at auction

Jack Vettriano’s painting of Zara Phillips for Sports relief with her reclining on a Union flag is up for auction. It is predicted to defy the credit crunch and fetch a stunning £1 million.
“We hope people will start bidding from £100,000,” says a spokesman for Bonhams, which is conducting the auction in aid of Sport Relief. “It’s a very rare piece and the only one of a young royal around that is up for auction. We would love it to hit the million mark and certainly think it is a possibility.”
“I was shaking and she had to calm me down before we started,” says Vettriano. “It was always going to be a more natural rather than a formal portrait.”
The Fife-born artist’s paintings now sell at high prices. Whether this work can beat his previous record of £744,800, for the The Singing Butler in 2004 remains to be seen.