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Ostrich egg art in online auction

Ostrich egg art
More than 50 artists and sculptors have created unique works on the eggs

Some of Scotland's best-loved painters and sculptors have created art works on ostrich eggs in a bid to raise cash for an international children's charity.

More than 50 eggs are being auctioned online in aid of Mary's Meals, which provides food for children in developing countries.

Among the egg works is a classic croft house by John Lowrie Morrison and a field of poppies by Ronnie Fiord.

Bidding ends on Easter Monday at the Iona House Gallery website.

Diana Zajicek, from the gallery's Scottish office, said: "We felt that ostrich eggs were the perfect match for Mary's Meals, especially at this time of year.

"There is the obvious link with nutrition, and of course these eggs originate from Africa, where the charity does so much of its work."

There is a reserve price of £50 on each egg and bids will be accepted up until 1700 GMT on 13 April.

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