Canadian man wins painting of nude prime minister in online auction

By Daniel Uria  |  Nov. 30, 2015 at 4:44 PM
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- A man from Vancouver became the new owner of a controversial nude portrait of former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Frederick Ghahramani purchased the portrait on Canadian classifieds site Kijiji where its previous owner, public servant Danielle Potvin, had placed it on sale for $8,800.

The portrait entitled Emperor Haute Couture depicts the nude prime minister being served a cup of Tim Horton's coffee. Harper did not actually pose for the portrait.

The final selling price of the painting was not disclosed, but Ghahramani told the CBC that he can't wait to show off the painting to "as many people as possible."

"Every time I look at it I burst out laughing," he said. "I do that with all biting political satire. I also understand that it doesn't come from a vulgar point of making fun of the prime minister. It comes from a very dark depressing point."

The sale of the painting comes after a highly contested bidding war which saw offers as high as $12,000.

Potvin, who bought the painting for $5,750 from the artist Margaret Sutherland in 2012, is planning to use the funds towards a $40,000 home renovation project.

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