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Rare Grahame Sydney work up for auction

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/07/2016

A rare painting by iconic Kiwi artist Grahame Sydney is going under the hammer.

The artwork titled Dog Champs at Charlie's Bar is expected to reach more than $100,000 at an auction in Auckland on August 3.

It depicts the Lowburn dog trial site just out of Cromwell on the road to Wanaka.

It took Sydney 19 years to paint after it was commissioned by its current owner in 1982.

It was paid for at the time, but Sydney did not deliver it until the owner's 60th birthday with a cheeky note saying "As it says in the Mainland cheese ad, `good things take time', so this must be bloody good".

Sydney has been working as an artist since the 1970s and paints exclusively for collectors.

He is best known for his landscapes of Central Otago.

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