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Art lovers give Westlife the brush off as band's charity painting fails to win one bid

Westlife have failed to set the world of art alight with a new charity painting.

The colourful collaboration, which can be seen here in our exclusive images, is currently up for auction on eBay, with an advised starting bid of $2,000 (f1,380).

However, to date, the artwork has not attracted any interest from art-lovers, with zero bids recorded on the site since it was first launched on Monday of this week.



Stamp

The group, which is comprised of Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan and Kian Egan, joined forces with a number of high profile celebrities to put their personal stamp on the one-of-a-kind artwork.

Among the well-known names involved were Wyclef Jean, Natasha Bedingfield, Donna Summer, Toby Keith and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.

The popular artists were performing at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway when the idea for the painting came about.

The event, which was presented by star couple Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, was held to celebrate President Barack Obama being honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize.

As can be seen in our exclusive picture, Westlife were keen to embrace their national pride by using the colours green, white and gold in their personalised segment.

The boys filled the match-stick man in their slot with various meaningful words in their lives such as Love, Embrace, Peace and Joy, while an autograph from each of the members accompanied the slot.

If and when the painting, which has been given a deadline of January 21 is sold, all funds raised will go towards The World Programme and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation.

The aim of the charity venture is to support a school meals programme in Haiti, where the World Food Programme provides food to more than 500,000 school children.

Band-member Mark has been appealing to fans to check out the artwork on his online networking site Twitter.

The group said it had been a dream come true for them, when they had the opportunity to meet President Obama at the glitzy event last month.

During his meeting with the pop group, Obama commended former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, urging son-in-law Nicky Byrne to pass on his best regards.



Pint

The president also showed his Irish roots when he invited the band for a pint.

Nicky said: "Meeting President Obama was an amazing experience to say the least. So the next time we are in Washington we are going to go for that pint. He seemed very approachable and very cool."

lnolan@herald.ie


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