View to a thrill: Brosnan auctions his painting of Dylan for €1.2m
A painting by Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan of Bob Dylan has gone under the hammer for €1.2m.
The canvas was auctioned off at a star-studded amfAR Gala in Cannes in aid of Aids research, which was attended by a who's who of Hollywood actors along with a string of supermodels and billionaires.
The substantial price tag also included a private lunch with the 007 star who was on stage to sell off his colourful painting of the singer at the Hotel Du Cap-Eden-Roc.
The star expressed his delight at the six-figure sum fetched by his artwork on his Facebook page. "I am so deeply proud, humbled and just plain old over the moon with the sale of this painting of mine that sold for €1.2m," he said.
The Meath star originally began his career as an artist in London and still spends hours of his spare time at his easel in his homes in Malibu and Hawaii. Brosnan noted in an Instagram post earlier this week he has been "painting since 1987". He added: "Time to show the work I guess! If not now, when? Running out of storage!"
He writes on his website that his vast collection of colourful canvases has been in the making for decades.
His artistic talent is still a relatively unknown side of the talented actor, but the Irish star occasionally sells his original artwork and donates reproductions to help raise money for his favourite charities.
After Brosnan left school, he pursued a career in art and began working as an illustrator. The actor, who trained as a commercial artist, has painted numerous landscapes and abstracts as well as colourful portraits over the past 30 years.
"I always wanted to be an artist, a painter. I started as a trainee artist in a small studio in south London," he said on his website.
It was only when a colleague suggested that Brosnan attend a theatre workshop that he eventually abandoned his artwork to pursue an acting career in his 20s.
The actor gives profits from the sale of his giclée prints to the Brosnan Trust, which distributes money to environmental, children's and women's health charities.