A PAINTING by a Liversedge artist was snapped up by a mystery buyer at a charity auction and is now hanging in a Royal residence.
Josie Barraclough submitted an oil painting of Rievaulx Abbey to the Breakthrough breast cancer charity to help raise money for the work it does.
She went along to the auction at the Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington, and watched in anticipation as bids for her painting shot up and up.
Eventually bidding ended and an unnamed woman bid £700, which will go to the Breakthrough charity, to get hold of it.
Josie said she then discovered the winning bidder was buying the painting to hang in St James’s Palace.
The palace, which is the most senior royal palace in the UK, was built during King Henry VIII’s reign in the 18th century.
Today, the palace is the London residence of Princess Anne and the Queen’s cousin Princess Alexandra. Within the complex is Clarence House, the home of the late Queen Mother and now the residence of the Prince of Wales.
Josie said: “The painting is there in a private apartment, but I don’t know whose. Members of the Royal Family have apartments there, as well as people who work with them.
“It would be a turn up for the books if it was a wedding present for Kate Middleton and Prince William!”
Josie said she often sold work to help various charities including Bradford Grammar School, where she works as an art teacher, as well as doing a lot of commission works.
She said she was very proud that her work was hanging in such an important building.
She said: “I was very flattered because I had no idea who the bidder was until after the auction.
“It underpins the fact that my work is important and to keep doing it – I am very pleased.”