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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mr Darcy Portrait up for Auction

A portrait of actor Colin Firth as Mr Darcy is to go under the hammer at Bonham's London auction house on 21 January, according to the Arts and Entertainment section of BBC news online.

Together with a signed letter from the star, the portrait is expected to raise about seven thousand pounds for charity. The letter alone sounds as if it is worth the money, because it amusingly describes the editing of the portrait to achieve heart-throb suitability.

It started as a painted copy of a rather terrible photograph, which pictured Firth "as a shabby, insubstantial, derelict looking actor." Everyone, including the actor himself, hated it intensely.

"A very talented production designer managed to take him on a transformative journey into something bearable ... and eventually into someone who could actually pass the audition."

Firth himself was long past the audition stage by then. The painting features in the fourth episode of the hugely popular series, which was watched by over ten million people when first broadcast in 1995.

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