Laws' mug may pay for wedding cake

20:06, Mar 23 2014
Josh Drummond with his Michael Laws work,
MASTERPIECE: Josh Drummond with his Michael Laws work, which fetched $705.

A self-confessed Nicolas Cage impersonator from Wellington has spent $705 purchasing the worst thing to come out of Hamilton since . . . well, maybe ever.

A bidding war for the mangled drawing of former politician, radio broadcaster and Whanganui mayor Michael Laws ended on Saturday night when a Trade Me auction for the Horrible painting of Michael Laws closed.

The artist, Josh Drummond, was slightly disturbed and happy that someone bought the work which has haunted him for two years. "I would have been very happy if it had sold for 20 bucks to someone who wasn't going to give it back to me as a joke," he said.

The sale of the artwork, which measures 25cm by 25cm, has caused great relief in the Drummond household as the departure of the painting nears.

And Drummond's wedding, later this year, will benefit from the sale.

"My fiancee thinks it's brilliant it's out of the house. She hated it from the get-go. She's very happy Michael Laws' face could pay for our wedding cake."


The painting was created for a charity auction entitled "free speech" in 2012.

Laws' face was chosen after he said "something" that annoyed Drummond.

"I thought ‘what's the cost of free speech? Dickheads'," Drummond said.

After two failed attempts at selling the horrible work, Drummond is open about his feelings on the piece as he packs up the art to go.

"There is a certain misplaced affection for the horrible thing. I was reasonably happy with it as a painting," he said of the work that is hidden in a box.

"I've done painting of prettier things, I did a painting of shoes that I've hung on my wall."

Looking to the future, Drummond said more horrible paintings could be in the works, with requests to do John Key and Len Brown.

Drummond jokes that the prime minister's face could "fancy up" the catering for his upcoming nuptials.

The painting's new owner, Matt from Wellington, is currently in China and could not be contacted.

The new owner's Trade Me profile says he's an impersonator of Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage.

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