Martin McGuinness’ drawing sells for £350

A drawing of Fanad lighthouse by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (1611MM21)
A drawing of Fanad lighthouse by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. (1611MM21)

A drawing of Fanad lighthouse by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness sold for £350 at a charity auction to raise funds for Action MS.

Mr McGuinness’ drawing was one of 40 auctioned at Titanic Belfast this week to raise money for the charity.

The Deputy First Minister, a regular visitor to Donegal, drew the simple colour drawing of the lighthouse specifically for the auction.

Many other leading political figures and celebrities also turned their hand to drawing and painting for the auction.

First Minister Peter Robinson’s drawing of the cranes at the Harland and Wolff shipyard fetched £750, the highest price at the auction.

Mr McGuinness is not the only well-known Derry man to support the Action MS auction. Composer Phil Coulter also did a pencil drawing featuring musical notes which sold for £300 and Fr Eugene O’Hagan, of the singing Priests fame, donated a drawing of a dozen coloured pencils titled ‘The 12 Apostles,’ which fetched £350.

Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell also donated a drawing to the auction which was sold for £100.

Other well-known figures who took part in the event included PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott, whose colourful drawing of puffins fetched £300, and golfer Graeme McDowell, whose drawing of golf tees sold for £400.

Sporting stars Peter Canavan, Brian Dooher and Declan Kidney also donated drawings for the celebrity auction.

More than £5,000 was raised on the night from the auction and that total is likely to rise as all of the donations are counted.

Action MS chief executive Ann Walker said; “We are extremely grateful to all our celebrity contributors who generously gave up their valuable time to support the ‘Take Art’ campaign.

“The range of artwork included industrial landscape, self portraits, still life and the quality of talent on display in every individual piece has simply been a revelation.

“The ‘Take Art for Action MS’ campaign has been almost two years in the making and it would not have been possible without the kindness and support of our staff, patrons, sponsors, celebrity artists and the public generally.

“Proceeds from the auction will make a vital contribution to our work in supporting those affected by multiple sclerosis.”