Thursday 26th April 2012
A youth charity is to receive a six-figure donation from the sale of a painting of the late Princess Diana.
The oil painting, by American artist Todd White, shows the Princess in her fun-loving mode as captured by fashion photographer Mario Testino.
Lancashire gallery Hepplestone Fine Art was selected to sell the painting, entitled Diana, which is expected to raise £100,000.
The money will go to the Diana Award charity, which celebrates selfless contributions made by young people to their communities.
Todd said: "Princess Diana inspired so many people in her life, and it made perfect sense to me to donate the portrait to the Diana Award to help raise money that will go towards encouraging young people in their own endeavours, whether creative, charitable or entrepreneurial."
The artist will fly in from his home in Los Angeles for an exhibition of his work at the gallery in Heskin, near Chorley, on April 26, where the painting will be available to collectors.
Maggie Turner OBE and chief executive of the Diana Award said: "We are incredibly grateful to Todd White for giving us the opportunity to raise more money so that we can continue our work.
"The portrait serves as a reminder of Diana's passion for life and fun, as well as capturing her ability to inspire the lives of others a quality inherent in our 36,000 award holders. We hope the new owner will truly treasure the portrait."
The sale of the painting will allow 1,000 youngsters aged 9-18 to receive their awards.