VIDEO: Rolf Harris painting of Bonnie Tyler belonging to King’s Lynn mum fails to sell at auction

A King's Lynn mum is disappointed after a Rolf Harris painting she owns failed to sell at auction this afternoon (Wednesday).

Cathy Sims had hoped to take her five-year-old son to Disneyland Paris this summer, but the portrait of singer Bonnie Tyler did not reach its �30,000 reserve price.

The artwork was valued at �50,000 by an art expert before it went under the hammer at The Auction Rooms, Lynn Road, Downham Market at 1.30pm.

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.

She would often sing and dance along to her favourite Bonnie Tyler songs in her playroom which housed the portrait not knowing the artwork's subject was of her favourite childhood singer.

And it was only after her father died in 2005 that the mother-of-one decided to research the artwork and discovered it was painted by Rolf Harris and the subject was singer Bonnie Tyler.

She then took the picture to the BBC's Antiques Roadshow when it visited Layer Marney stately home, near Colchester, last year and was told the portrait was worth up to �50,000.

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After the show was aired last year, Miss Sims, who works for Ellab, in Bawburgh, near Norwich, admitted she couldn't afford to keep it because of how much it would cost to insure.

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