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Damien Hirst sale beats the credit crunch

Damien Hirst’s new auction of art works has broken all the estimates to bring in a record total of £70.5m ($125m), with still more works for sale.Hirst has proved that the credit crunch has had no effect at the top end of the art market . His auction has caused a feeding frenzy amongst dealers and collectors . The British artist has used the auction house Sotheby’s instead of the traditional art dealer. It is the first time an artist has sold a substantial body of work this way. Sotheby’s say the sale has set a new record for a sale dedicated to one artist. The works for sale include The Golden Calf – a bull in a tank of formaldehyde, with its head crowned…

The Singing Butler ( part 2 ) – Jack Vettriano classic image

The Singing Butler canvas print

A sketch by Jack Vettriano of his most famous image , The Singing Butler , has sold at auction for just under £40,000. The money goes to the St Andrews University Students Charity fund . Vettriano produced the sketch in under an hour during a masterclass at the University a few years ago . Mr Vettriano and the university principal Dr Brian Lang decided to offer the sketch to the students to sell after hearing of their fund-raising efforts. It sold for £39,650, almost double its estimated price, when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Scottish pictures sale at Gleneagles Hotel. The picture was bought by a UK private collector after a bidding battle. The painting is now playing a starring role in Vettriano’s…

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.”

Eilean Donan Castle poster , Giant A3 size , 16 by 11 inches , just £3.50

Eilean donan castle poster

Scottish prints feature landscapes and castles of Scotland by photographer David Rankin. The landscapes include Glencoe and Buachaille Etive Mor in the Scottish highlands. He has also included several pictures of Eilean Donan Castle and Edinburgh Castle . Eilean Donan Castle poster , Giant A3 size , 16 by 11 inches , just £3.50 including free UK delivery . [rps-paypal]

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Photogold is teaming up with freeartblogs.com to offer your own art blog , free of charge , to all the visitors to our website . Sign up this month and you will get 5% off any print bought in July . Photogold offers great online prices on limited edition prints including Jack Vettriano, Beryl Cook and Sue Howells and Rolf Harris

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