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Art fans snap up Mini-masterpieces

Published 20/11/2010 | 12:40

A member of staff takes down an artwork in the Secret Postcard Sale, at the Royal College of Art, in Kensington, central London
A member of staff takes down an artwork in the Secret Postcard Sale, at the Royal College of Art, in Kensington, central London
A man views the Secret Postcard Sale, at the Royal College of Art
A member of staff takes down an artwork in the Secret Postcard Sale

Is it a mini-masterpiece? For art lovers the answer was on the back of a postcard.

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Among 2,800 postcard-sized artworks available for sale from the Royal College of Art (RCA) were a handful by major artists, including Tracy Emin, Yoko Ono and Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.

Buyers were asked to pay £45 for each piece but only found out the artist's identity after the sale.

Enthusiasts camped out overnight to be the first into the RCA Secret exhibition, made up of donated art works that were sold to raise money for the college's bursary fund.

Most of the works by big names were recognised and snapped up immediately but organisers said some remained on the walls for hours after doors opened.

Those quick enough to grab a piece by a major artist can expect a healthy return on their £45 investment.

More than 1,000 artists gave pieces this year, including Sir Anthony Caro, potter Grayson Perry, photographer David Bailey and film maker Mike Leigh as well as fashion designers Sir Paul Smith, Manolo Blahnik and Stella McCartney.

Sales from the exhibition, now in its 17th year, have so far raised more than £1 million for the Royal College of Art Fine Art Student Award Fund.

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