MOST folk clearing out their homes are likely to make a trip to the dump - but old household items from Jack Vettriano’s Kirkcaldy flat were instead sent for auction and earned him £8000.
Shapes Auctioneers in Edinburgh expected the 27 lots to fetch less than £2000, but a late Victorian sofa featured in the painting ‘Original Sin’ sold for £2400 on its own. A white plastic phone featured in the painting ‘The Arrangement’ fetched £550, and the artist’s paint board used for dabbing his brushes was sold for £400. Even an electric fan went for £200.
Charlotte Canby, of Shapes, said, “We didn’t think people would be all that fussed, but there was a lot of interest because the items appear in his paintings.
“There was a really good atmosphere at the sale, with probably double the number of people we usually get, and I’m sure Jack will be happy with the outcome.”
Jack Vettriano’s Kirkcaldy flat is in the former office block of a linoleum manufacturer, with views over the River Forth.
Shapes Auctioneers are no strangers to Vettriano, having sold a number of his artworks, including the original oil painting of ‘Dance Me to the End of Love’. It was sold in March 2006 for £346,000.
Charlotte added, “Jack’s paintings always fetch quite good prices.”