One of only three portraits of Prince William is set to be auctioned as the Dan Llywelyn Hall piece, entitled Fatherhood, will be sold at Bonhams First World War Centenary Sale in London.
The portrait in question shows The Duke of Cambridge wearing a dark suit and red tie, along with a poppy to signify the centenary of the First World War. It is expected that the portrait will sell for between £8,000 and £10,000 with proceeds going to the Victoria Cross Trust and War Memorials Trust.
What is even more appealing about this particular portrait is the fact that is available to be bought at a public auction, most Royal paintings are usually commissioned for institutions and are rarely ever available for the public to bid for.
Director of the War Memorials Trust, Frances Moreton, commented, “War Memorials Trust is delighted to be a beneficiary of the sale of this portrait. All proceeds will go to supporting the work of protecting and conserving war memorials across the UK.”
The auction will take place on Wednesday 8th October, and will also feature other lots, ranging from collectibles and memorabilia to paintings and posters, though one can assume that the Royal portrait will be the star attraction.
Also speaking positively about the auction was Chairman of the Victoria Cross Trust, Gary Stapleton, “It is great to see the nations heroes and those awarded with the Victoria Cross to be immortalised through art… the proceeds from the auction will allow us to continue our vital work in restoring the graves of Victoria Cross heroes.”
Royal Central previously reported on this subject when the announcement that a portrait of Prince William was to be unveiled. See that article here.
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