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Richard Branson ‘Live’ Painted by Artist Peter Engels. ‘Virgin Unite’ Auction: Wednesday 20 June.

June 4, 2012

ANTWERP, Belgium, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

What better moment for celebrity portrait painter Peter Engels to have business tycoon
Richard Branson model for him than during a two and a half hour interview?

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Artist Peter Engels: “The event organised by the Antwerp diamond community, with the
support of Flanders DC seemed the perfect opportunity to have Richard Branson pose for me.
Charming lady Marlene de Wouters interviewed him, but most of all, she easily kept Richard
Branson smiling for a couple of hours, which was just enough for me to finish the

For artist Peter Engels this was a challenge knowing that it usually takes him three
or four weeks to finish one painting. In front of an international audience of
journalists, politicians, students and entrepreneurs, portrait master Peter Engels painted
Richard Branson’s close-up portrait on a large canvas (100x200cm) in his typical style of
sepia tones and with the pallet knife. In the background we see the Antwerp skyline by

The painting was signed by Richard Branson himself, making this piece of art an even
more desirable collector’s item to be auctioned on Wednesday 20 June at Bernaerts
Auctioneers, Antwerp. The full proceeds will go to Virgin Unite, Virgin’s not for profit

With Branson’s signature and the proceeds going to Virgin Unite, insiders believe that
the price of this masterpiece is bound to top Peter Engels’ recent portrait of ancient
Greek philosopher Hippocrates, which reached 45,000 euros. But as Richard Branson says:
“Have fun, do good and the money will come.”

Artist Peter Engels paints many celebrities and his biggest problem is getting them to
pose for him. His Nelson Mandela portrait adorned Reuters’ largest billboard of the world
on Times Square on Mandela’s birthday. When Peter Engels painted Grace Kelly, Prince
Albert of Monaco bought the portrait. Peter Engels met and painted fashion icon Karl
Lagerfeld and Roger Moore. He also painted visionary Steve Jobs, President Barack Obama,
actor Sean Connery, golf legend Tiger Woods, Enzo Ferrari, Sheikh Khalifa, Michael
Jackson, Madonna, Pavarotti and many more. The conspicuous Vintage Portraits of Peter
Engels are gleaming; they show emotion and tell life stories.

        More information on the artist:
        Tel. +3236533377


        Art Auction: Wednesday 20 June 8PM (Antwerp time)
        Lot 1280
        48 hours prior to online/telephone bidding
        Online bidding starts 6 June




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