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Harry Potter star's artwork to be auctioned

Robbie Coltrane art work
Robbie Coltrane's work is expected to fetch 4,000

A painting of a train by Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane is expected to sell for £4,000 when it goes under the hammer at an auction in Glasgow.

Coltrane completed the painting after receiving a commission while studying at Glasgow School of Art in the 1970s.

The work is being sold along with 58 paintings by artist Gerard Burns and drawings by designer Zandra Rhodes.

The McTear's Scottish Contemporary Art auction is due to take place on Wednesday in Glasgow.

The blue train was painted before Robbie Coltrane came to prominence in Tutti Frutti and became widely known for his role as Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

It is the first by the actor to come to auction and has been put up for sale by a private seller.

The Gerard Burns drawings include landscapes and figurative drawings.

'Attract buyers'

They are being offered for sale with no reserve price to give ordinary art lovers the chance to net a bargain.

Mr Burns, whose paintings sell for up to £60,000, said: "I have to say that I like the idea of people getting the chance to own a wee drawing of mine, and I'm genuinely happy at the idea that they won't necessarily all sell for big money.

"My prices have been going up consistently for several years and many of my paintings are now out of the financial reach of a good percentage of the population, so this auction gives me the opportunity of giving something back."

Fans of Burns reportedly include First Minister Alex Salmond, actor Ewan McGregor and film director Ridley Scott.

Design drawings by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes are also being offered for sale and are expected to fetch about £800.

Magda Ketterer, from McTear's, said: "Having such high-profile and rare works of art that have never been on public sale before is extremely exciting and we expect them to attract buyers from all over the world."



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