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Pierce Brosnan's Bob Dylan Portrait Nets $1.4M at Auction

The actor took up painting in 1987 and is a trained commercial artist
By Janet Cromley,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2018 1:30 PM CDT
Actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith arrive at the Written In The Stars party at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 16, 2018.   (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Pierce Brosnan has joined the ranks of celebrity painters in a major way, reports People. A portrait of Bob Dylan painted by the former James Bond star sold for $1.4 million at the 25th annual amFAR Cannes charity auction held in Antibes last week. "I am deeply proud, humbled and plain old over the moon joyous following the sale of this painting for 1.2 million euros at last nights auction," Brosnan posted on Instagram the next day.

The buyer was Ukrainian billionaire Marina Acton, who paid $17.8 million for Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s Bel-Air mansion, reports TMZ. Brosnan, who took up painting in 1987, according to artnet, is a trained commercial artist and has worked as an illustrator. He even has a studio in his bedroom, where he paints landscapes and portraits in oils and acrylics. (To read about a painter-in-chief, go here.)

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