Jack Vettriano painting sale sees STV Appeal 2012 surpass £2m mark

An auction of a Jack Vettriano painting has helped the STV Appeal 2012 surpass the £2m milestone.

The painting, Night-Time Rituals II, was auctioned at the Great Scot Awards in London on Tuesday night for £35,000. Scottish businessman and Appeal trustee Sir Tom Hunter purchased the work by one of the UK’s most popular living artists.

The STV Appeal 2012 raises money for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. In 2011 and 2012, the Scottish Government committed to match fund up to one million pounds of the total amount raised by the Appeal.

Mr Vettriano, said: "I was shocked to hear the statistic that 220,000 children in Scotland are living in poverty and I am pleased to be able to make a contribution to the STV Appeal by donating this painting.

"Night-Time Rituals explores a theme to which I like to return from time to time – it’s about creating an atmosphere of anticipation and indulging in those rare moments where all your senses collide."

Rob Woodward, STV chief executive officer and trustee of the Appeal, said: "The fact an artist as renowned as Jack Vettriano chose the STV Appeal to donate the proceeds of his acclaimed work is fantastic, and enabling us to reach the landmark figure of two million pounds is an amazing achievement.

"With every penny raised staying in Scotland, the STV Appeal can help even more vulnerable young people through the inspirational projects it is supporting across Scotland."

For more information on the STV Appeal 2012, visit the website or through Twitter.

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