• Melbourne Cup Winner Painting

    Published 2nd November

    Prince of Penzance won the 2015 Melbourne Cup (ridden by the first female jockey to win the Cup, Michelle Payne). We have no comment on the NZ credentials of the horse!

    We thought that this item might interest our readers. A painting by an eminent artist of a famous Cup winner is going on the market to support charity…

    Makybe Diva is a British-bred, Australian-trained thoroughbred that became the first racehorse to win the famed Melbourne Cup on three occasions: 2003, 2004, and 2005. In 2005, she also won the Cox Plate.

        statue of Makybe Diva at Port Lincoln, South Australia.

    Makybe Diva is the highest stakes-earner in Australasian horse racing history, with winnings of more than AUS$14 million when she retired on 1 November 2005. Makybe Diva is one of only five horses to have won the Cup more than once in the long history of the event, which was first run in 1861. Makybe Diva is the only mare among the list of multiple winners, and is one of only 14 female horses to have won the Cup.

    She is by Desert King (a winner of the Irish Derby ) out of Tugela by Riverman (USA). Tugela was also the dam of the Australian stakes-winners, Musket and Valkyrie Diva. Makybe Diva is owned bySouth Australian tuna fisherman Tony Santic who named her after five of his employees – Maureen, Kylie, Belinda, Diane, and Vanessa – by taking the first two letters from each of their names

    This original painting is entitled “Makybe Diva – the Champion becomes a Legend and is painted by Michael- Legge-Wilkinson”

    Michael Legge-Wilkinson is an award winning Australian artist represented in private and corporate collections around the world.

    The Makybe Diva Portrait was painted over three years, under license to the Diva’s owners for a limited edition print run that celebrates the Diva’s win in the 2005 Melbourne Cup.

    The painting is being sold to raise funds to help individuals experiencing abuse and poverty both in the UK and within Australia and to support a documentary examining human rights abuses.

    The target sale price is £60,000 + ($120,000)

    Painting Description:

    • Oil on Linen
    • 78 x 26 inches
    • The subject work is an original painting by Michael Legge-Wilkinson and one of the feature works in his series on champion Australian thoroughbreds (2003 – current). The painting presents a triptych from the Diva’s 2005 win in the Melbourne Cup and is also available as a limited edition print, licensed by the Victorian Racing Club (VRC) and approved by the Diva’s owners.

    If you are interested in making an offer for the painting please contact Anne Bila on 07710040251


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