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The Singing Butler ( part 2 ) – Jack Vettriano classic image

The Singing Butler canvas print

A sketch by Jack Vettriano of his most famous image , The Singing Butler , has sold at auction for just under £40,000. The money goes to the St Andrews University Students Charity fund . Vettriano produced the sketch in under an hour during a masterclass at the University a few years ago .

Mr Vettriano and the university principal Dr Brian Lang decided to offer the sketch to the students to sell after hearing of their fund-raising efforts.

It sold for £39,650, almost double its estimated price, when it went under the hammer at Sotheby’s Scottish pictures sale at Gleneagles Hotel.

The picture was bought by a UK private collector after a bidding battle.

The painting is now playing a starring role in Vettriano’s retrospective on show at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow