Princess Grace Kelly would have been 80 this year. Artist Peter Engels has painted a ‘Vintage Portrait’ in homage to her. The canvas is scheduled to be auctioned on May 9 by Sotheby’s in the Monaco casino. Grace Kelly’s son prince Albert II of Monaco will be present.
Says Peter Engels: “I am paying tribute to one of the most stylish women of all time. As I always paint my portraits with a pallet knife in sepia colourite, this gives this portrait of Grace Kelly an intense vintage look. The buyer will not just be purchasing a unique work of art, he will also be supporting a good cause.”
The proceeds of the auction will go to the charity of the Lions Club Monaco, for care of the disabled.
The painted portrait of Grace Kelly is on a canvas measuring 2×1 metre (78.7×39.4 inch). Artist Peter Engels based this on images from Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller “To Catch a Thief” in which Grace Kelly played the main role alongside Cary Grant.