Stun­ning paint­ing up for auc­tion

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A for­mer man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Stir­ling-based United Auc­tions has do­nated a spe­cial paint­ing to an auc­tion in sup­port of Scot­land’s ru­ral char­ity RSABI.

The auc­tion of the orig­i­nal oil paint­ing will be held dur­ing Scot­land’s lead­ing live­stock auc­tion­eers’ An­nual Sale of 1212 Black­face shear­lings, aged rams and ram lambs on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 20.

UA is host­ing the char­ity auc­tion at Dal­mally Auc­tion Mart and the art­work, ‘Mar­ket Day at Dal­mally,’ has been do­nated by Dun­blane man Alan Wat­son, for­mer UA man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, who was pre­sented with the paint­ing on his re­tire­ment from the com­pany in 1999 by col­leagues and staff.

The paint­ing is by the late John Pren­tice, a re­tired Perthshire busi­ness­man who painted for his own pleasure. He was known to the farm­ing com­mu­nity for his por­trait of vet­eran Stir­ling­shire farmer Jim McEwan, and a Black­face tup, which went on spe­cial dis­play at the High­land Show in 1998.

Alan, who joined the com­pany aged 21, was based at Kildean Mar­ket where he sold fat and store sheep and later cov­ered the west of Scot­land and the is­lands, sell­ing at mar­kets in Tar­bert, Stra­chur, Fort Wil­liam and Lochgilp­head.

He said: “The paint­ing has been much ad­mired by everyone who has seen it in my home for al­most 20 years, so much so that 10 signed prints were is­sued. This is my small way of re­pay­ing a debt to the farm­ing com­mu­nity for the liv­ing I had from them. My fam­ily fully sup­port what I’m do­ing.”

David Leg­gat, Trustee of RSABI and for­mer UA ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, said: “RSABI is de­lighted that Alan has do­nated this won­der­ful paint­ing.

“It is typ­i­cally gen­er­ous of him to give such a trea­sured item to raise money that will al­low RSABI to as­sist peo­ple who have de­pended on the land.”

Mr Wat­son will at­tend the char­ity auc­tion at Dal­mally Mart with his son. The paint­ing will go un­der the ham­mer of auc­tion­eer Ray­mond Kennedy at 9.50am on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 20.

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