Shock, horror: No-one wants this portrait of Farage hanging on their wall
PUBLISHED: 14:57 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:19 29 August 2018
A portrait of hard-line Brexiteer Nigel Farage failed to attract any interest when it went up for sale at a major art show.
The painting, by artist David Griffiths, shows Farage in trademark tweed jacket with a purple-striped tie.
It had a price tag of a massive £25,000 but, not surprisingly perhaps, failed to gain any interest at the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition.
Griffiths – who has done a fine job with a dreadful subject - had been led to believe that the painting of Farage would sell because a friend had advised him that he was a “major figure” in the world of the politics.
“These things ebb and flow,” the painter told the Sun. “Prices of paintings, like everything else, aren’t set in stone. It would certainly be gratifying if Nigel’s portrait were to find a good home.”
The exhibition was curated by Grayson Perry, who had humorously juxtaposed Farage next to a painting of a penis, and below one of someone throwing up in a bucket.
A painting of Jacob Rees-Mogg did attract some interest – but only mustered £450.
The lack of interest in Farage is likely to be a further blow for the former UKIP leader, who is attempting to relaunch his political career.
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