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2002-Nov-29: Sir Paul's Postcards

Art lovers camped outside Kensington's Royal College of Art in the wind and rain for days in oder to be certain they would have the opportunity to participate in today's "secret" postcard sale.  During this annual event, one can acquire an original work of art created by a famous artist for the price of a mere £35 ($55).  One may purchase up to 5 works after viewing the 2000 postcards on display.  Here's the rub - one only learns the identity of the artist after the postcard has been purchased.  Only then is one allowed to see the signature on the back of the postcard and learn if the work was created by a celebrity artist or a Royal College of Art student. One of Sir Paul's Royal College postcards (#419)

Sir Paul contributed three postcards to the sale this year.  The works were purchased by three different people.   One went to a couple who had travelled from Carlisle for the sale.   According to their spokeswoman, they were "shocked" when they discovered they had purchased a work drawn by Sir Paul McCartney.  Sir Paul's daughter Stella also contributed some of her artwork to the sale.

The money raised from the sale goes to the Royal College of Art's Fine Art Student Award Fund, which helps support emerging student artists' bursaries, travel grants and the cost of materials for the fine art students' final-year shows.  Most of the postcards sold at the sale are works created by students from the college.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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