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Why not bid for this original Mackenzie?

WANT to get your hands on an original Mackenzie Thorpe painting AND give money to a good cause? Well, this is your chance, as the world-renowned Teesside artist has donated a pounds 12,000 artwork to a charity auction - and the current highest bid is just pounds 1,250.

Mackenzie has donated his "Lady of the North" painting to the Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation (MTPF) as part of the Transporter Bridge's 100th anniversary.

The painting shows an industrial scene featuring the bridge and bids are now being taken ahead of a charity ball at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Friday, October 28.

MTPF chairman Andy Preston said: "Mackenzie is a well-known supporter of the town and the area and to receive the offer of an original piece of art is fantastic and most generous."

Mackenzie, who will also speak at the dinner, said: "The Transporter Bridge has defined the landscape of the town for the past 100 years and will continue to do so.

"I love it when I am in Australia or - Artist Mackenzie Thorpe, left, and his painting, right, of the Transporter Bridge, which turned 100 this week, above America or Japan and there it is, on one of my pictures; it gives me an opportunity to talk about my home town and how proud I am of it."

* To place a bid, log on to the website www.teessidecharity.org.uk
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 20, 2011
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