By SWEPGRoberts | Posted: July 06, 2014
From the South Wales Evening Post
The owner of a Bonnie Tyler portrait painted by Rolf Harris said she doesn’t want to keep it in her house.
Cathy Sims was given the 1970s Rolf Harris oil painting of Bonnie Tyler from her father.
When she took it onto the Antiques Roadshow in 2011, Philip Mould, the art dealer and presenter, put a value of “up to £50,000” on the picture.
After Harris had painted the Queen, his paintings increased in value.
Ms Sims, who lives in Norfolk, tried to sell the picture two years ago at Barry Hawkins Auctioneers in Norfolk but despite bids going up to £26,000 it failed to reach the reserve.
She said: “It’s very weird. I don’t know what to do with it. But it’s a horrific reminder of what Rolf Harris has done. I have a lot of empathy for the victims.
“Now all I see when I look at that picture is an innocent-looking sad young girl and all I can think about is what he has been convicted of.
“I don’t want to keep something like that in my house, but it’s no longer valuable to anyone. Unless I burn it, I don’t know what to do.”
Swansea Market trader Carol Watts, the owner of Carol Watts Gower Cockles and Shellfish, has reportedly taken down large newspaper photos at her market stall of Rolf Harris painting her portrait at the market in 2012.
Harris was filming for a BBC Wales programme about Swansea artist Evan Walters, one of whose paintings was The Cockle Woman.
She has kept one small photo of the finished painting up at her market stall as a reminder of the well-publicised day, but she said: “I took down a set of big photos of the event on the first week of the trial.”
On Friday Rolf Harris was sentenced to a jail term of five years, nine months at London's Southwark Crown Court.
It is likely that he will serve half the sentence in prison. Harris will not have to pay compensation to his victims but he was told that he may have to pay prosecution costs.
Despite mitigation, Mr Justice Sweeney said that “only an immediate custodial sentence” was suitable.
Read more at the South Wales Evening Post