A portrait of Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is the feature of a charity auction to raise money for the new Southland SPCA animal shelter.
The auction will take the form of a black-tie cocktail evening at Invercargill Airport on November 30.
Professionals real estate agent and Invercargill Licensing Trust board member Sean Bellew, who organised the event, said the art being auctioned was worth an estimated $50,000.
Cromwell-based artist Deidre Copeland donated her portrait of Mr Shadbolt, titled Seriously Tim. It has an estimated value of $15,000.
Mr Bellew said it was a "pretty comprehensive donation".
Mr Shadbolt said he posed for more than three hours for the portrait.
Seriously Tim would be accompanied by more than 40 works, including works by many prominent Southland artists.
As well as the auction items, originals by Ralph Hotere, Colin McCahon and Charles F Goldie would be on display for auction attendees to admire, but not buy.
Professionals managing director Jon Irving said the airport was "an unusual venue to add to the unusual flavour" of the auction.
Attendees would also be treated to performances by Suzanne Prentice and Alice Fraser as well as food and beverages.
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