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What happened to Col. Sir Tom Moore’s portrait?

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The centenarian hero who became a symbol of British resolve and charity during the start of lockdown at the height of the crisis, was captured by Keighley based Sculptor, Marcus Levine over 15 days last month. The finished piece was auctioned on June 10 th and raised a 5 figure sum for the charities that Deliver Net supports. Read on, for the full story and see the video of this national treasure being created.

The centenarian hero who became a symbol of British resolve and charity during the start of lockdown, at the height of the crisis, was captured by Keighley based Sculptor, Marcus Levine over 15 days last month. 

The finished piece was auctioned on June 10 th and raised a 5 figure sum for the charities that Deliver Net supports.

Tim Lockett, founder of Deliver Net, the UK’s leading supplier to the nation’s care homes, was so taken by the now world famous story about Col Sir Tom Moore, that he commissioned a local Yorkshire artist and Sculptor Marcus Levine to create a depiction of the man, and his exploits, in nails.

The finished portrait took 15 days to complete, weighs 16.5kg, and is comprised of 50,000 nails. 

The idea, that the artist and his sponsor devised, was that the portrait would then be sold via a Yorkshire based auctioneer, Tennants and the proceeds then would be donated to two charities. 

The Care Workers Charity who amongst other things, support care workers who themselves fall ill, and who often are not then paid, as they can’t work. 

Also The Captain Tom Foundation, which Col Tom, formerly Capt Tom has selected to support causes focussed on combating loneliness, supporting hospices, and helping those facing bereavement.

The portrait went under the hammer on June 10 th, raising £10,200 for the charities. 

There is also a nice story that came from the buyer herself who will receive it after Sir Tom signs it on July 16th. It was bought by a retired Biomedical scientist from Barnsley so it remains in Yorkshire.

Marcus Levine, the creator, told us “She felt it could & should have gone for more money which was a lovely thing for her to say. I am, however, very pleased with the final sale price for such a small piece”, he added.

The anonymous buyer did allow us to share some personal information about her motivation to buy it and her interests, though. 

“My Dad was a pathologist, my Mum a biomedical scientist, as was I, and my husband was a biochemist, but the main thing really, is that together we collectively had over 120 years of service for the NHS”.

When asked if she’d like to be named her reply was, “No but some people will guess who I am and to just give you a bit more background my Dad made the first heart valve to be used in Sheffield in the 50s”.

She herself had open heart surgery in the very hospital she’d worked in for 40 years of her life and wanted to give something back.

She has agreed to loan the piece, for public display,  so it can be seen by the public somewhere. 

We had hoped that it could be at the National Arboretum but their schedule has been disrupted and is already full, so if anybody has any other ideas please put your suggestion on our Facebook page.

Colonel Tom has now agreed to sign the sculpture, adding more historical significance to this spectacular piece of art.

You can see the video of the creation of the portrait here on the facebook page and the BBC news story on YouTube.

If you want to donate to either charity, the links are below:

Both the artist and the auctioneers waived their usual commissions and royalties and all other costs were covered by Tim Lockett, founder of Deliver Net. 

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