Total eclipse of the art - King’s Lynn woman hopes Bonny Tyler painting by Rolf Harris will fetch �50k

She was left with Heartache after a painting of Bonnie Tyler she owns failed to sell at auction in Downham Market earlier this year.

Now Lynn mum Cathy Sims is hoping the portrait of the singer by Australian entertainer Rolf Harris will fare better when it goes under the hammer again later this year.

The artwork had been valued at �50,000 by an art expert but fell short of its �30,000 reserve price when it was auctioned at Barry Hawkins Auctioneers in May.

The office manager said: 'The painting is going to be auctioned at another auctioneers which sold a Rolf Harris painting a few weeks before mine was auctioned. They are trying to get two Rolf Harris paintings from Australia and it looks like my painting will be linked with them and they will all be auctioned together in October.

'I really think it will sell this time because there will also be an Internet auction this time which we didn't have before and is usually how Rolf Harris paintings are sold.'

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Auctioneer Alastair McPhie-Meiklejon, from John Taylor auction house in Louth, Lincolnshire, confirmed he was in discussions to sell her painting and said Rolf Harris was a 'desirable' artist.

'He is not just a chap who did TV programmes and did a bit of painting on the side, he is now respected as an artist in his own right,' he added.

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Miss Sims was given the picture by her father when she was six years old after he bought it for �50 at a charity auction at Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire. It was only after her father died in 2005 that she decided to research the artwork and discovered its story. She then took the picture to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow last year and was told the portrait was worth up to �50,000.

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