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The Singing Butler goes on sale again

A new version of The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano is to go on sale at auction. A retrospective of The Singing Butler will be auctioned by Sotheby’s at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire on 26 August.

Vettriano produced a quick version of the work during a masterclass he gave at the university in 1993.

Now the university is about to benefit from the soaring value of the artist’s work by selling the 15in by 12in picture on 26 August.Proceeds from the sale will go to the St Andrews Students Charities Campaign, which supports a range of local, national and international causes.

Andre Zlattinger said

“The sketch captures one of Jack’s most iconic images and will, I’m sure, have huge appeal to collectors around the world.”

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Beautiful Dreamer drawing goes for auction


Jack Vettriano has donated a drawing of Beautiful Dreamer to an auction to raise funds for a Welsh art gallery under threat of closure . Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw gallery in Pwllheli, North Wales.The drawing on an A6 card, shows the image of a woman standing at the window in Vettriano’s London studio. It is the first drawing he has ever submitted for public display.

“Beautiful Dreamer” will be auctioned, along with 11 other works , in an effort to raise enough money to save the gallery – one of the oldest in Wales – from closure. It will feature in the auction this Saturday alongside works from selected artists including Wrexham-born Keith Bowen, Gareth Parry, William Selwyn and Welsh concert singer Bryn Terfel.

The gallery’s director, Gwyn Jones, revealed that significant attention has already been paid to Vettriano’s piece. According to the BBC, he said: “We’ve already had substantial interest with people wanting to place phone bids. The reserve is £5,000 and we’re hoping it will make £10,000.”

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U2 sell “Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)” by US artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Rock superstars U2 could make up to £6m when their painting “Untitled (Pecho/Oreja)” is auctioned in London this week .
The painting, which originally attracted the attention of band bassist Adam Clayton, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s.
Basquiat, originally a graffiti artist in New York, died from a suspected drug overdose in 1988.
The current auction record for a Basquiat work stands at $14.6m (£7.4m).
In 1996, director Julian Schnabel directed the film Basquiat, based on the artist’s life and starring Gary Oldman and David Bowie. Basquiat’s paintings continue to influence young artists.

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A PAINTING bought in a market for 50p has been sold for £35,000 at auction.

The work, Chopping Logs Outside A Snow Covered Cabin, was found buried under junk in Glasgow’s Barras market 30 years ago.

But the piece, by Cornelius Krieghoff, was expected to fetch 100,000 times its original price when it goes under the hammer later this month.

The painting’s owner, who wants to remain anonymous, had no idea of its worth. He bought it for “10 bob” – because he liked it.

He said: “I often browse through the Barras and bought the painting because it was a great picture.

“I am surprised and delighted that my find has turned out to be such a worthwhile investment.”

The retired owner, who now lives abroad, added the Krieghoff to his collection of favourite paintings and thought nothing more about it until he began researching different artists and realised it was an original.

He took it to experts who valued it between £30,000 and £50,000.

Amsterdam-born Krieghoff, who died in 1872 at the age of 56, made his name painting Canadian landscapes and life outdoors, particularly in winter

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Chelsea owner buys Lucien Freud painting

Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich bought two paintings that were sold at record-breaking auctions last week, according to reports.
Lucian Freud’s Benefits Supervisor Sleeping sold for £17.2m on Tuesday, followed by Francis Bacon’s Triptych, which fetched £43m just 24 hours later.
The Art Newspaper quoted sources saying the London-based Russian billionaire was the buyer of both paintings.
A spokesman for Mr Abramovich declined to comment.
He said: “We don’t get into personal matters.”
The life-sized Freud painting of a sleeping, naked woman, titled Benefits Supervisor Sleeping, sold for $33.6m (£17.2m) at Christie’s in New York.

Christie’s described the work, which shows Jobcentre supervisor Sue Tilley asleep on a sofa, as a “bold and imposing example of the stark power of Freud’s realism”.
It set a new world record price for a work by a living artist.