Royal portrait made of stamps sells for £5,000

April 15, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

This stunning royal portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton has sold for £5,000 – despite being made entirely of STAMPS.

Royal portrait made of stamps sells for £5,000

The sticky masterpiece depicts the future King and his bride-to-be in front of the Rose Window at Westminster Abbey – where they are to be wed.

Retired teacher Peter Mason spent two weeks handcrafting the incredible design, which features 3,800 recycled stamps.

The artist, 67, has been working with stamps for more than 20 years and has previously used the same techniques to create pictures of Princes Charles and Camilla, the Queen and Princess Diana.

His portrait of the royal couple has already been snapped up by an anonymous bidder for £5,000.

Royal portrait made of stamps sells for £5,000

Father-of-two Peter, who lives in Staffordshire, spends up to 12 hours each days painstakingly making his portraits.

He said: ”I am a stamp addict, I love what I do.

”You really have to see the pieces in the flesh, because they are unlike anything you will have seen before.

Royal portrait made of stamps sells for £5,000

”When William becomes King, the stamp will feature his face and not his grandmothers, so I plan to do a picture of Kate – using stamps with her husband’s face.

”It will be nice to juxtapose it like that.”

Royal portrait made of stamps sells for £5,000

Peter uses recycled stamps from a bag of over one million which he bought for £300 from a seller in Leighton Buzzard, Beds.

Of these stamps, he has already used 500,000.

Mr Mason is showing the work at The Art Gallery in Tetbury, Gloucestershire – the home of Prince Charles – until May 3.

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