Seven-year-old's artwork goes for thousands

Ed FossA seven-year-old art prodigy attended a glittering charity auction alongside royalty and figures of the sports world as one of his paintings earned �6,000 for a charity which helps sick children.Ed Foss

Seven-year-old Norfolk art prodigy Kieron Williamson attended an auction alongside royalty and figures from the

sporting world as one of his paintings earned �6,000 for a good cause.

Kieron travelled to London with his mum and dad Keith and Michelle and little sister Billie-Jo for the auction for the Starlight Children's Foundation, which grants wishes to seriously and terminally-ill children.

The Holt youngster has found fame in recent weeks after the EDP carried the story about his artistic talents.

The auction on Saturday night was held at the Saatchi Gallery, in Chelsea, and the Williamsons found themselves in the company of Prince William and footballer Sol Campbell, among others.

Kieron's oil painting of Cley Marshes on a suitably star-shaped canvas reached �6,000 and could have gone for more

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but for the auctioneer having trouble seeing all the potential bidders, according to Mr Williamson.

'Everyone was split across two rooms, and the auctioneer worked incredibly hard trying to see everyone, but it was difficult,' he explained. 'So, when another hand went up right at the last moment as the �6,000 bid was about to win it, he didn't see, so unfortunately the price didn't go even higher.

'It was a great night, absolutely lovely and an amazing experience to see such a different class of living.

'We are really pleased with the result.

'All the lots together raised more than �100,000, and there was more raised than that through sales of prints, and so on.'

Kieron's work was sold at about 11.30pm, after a sit-down dinner. It was the last of a series of lots.

All the Williamsons know about the successful bidder is that he has Norfolk links and used to live at Burnham Market.

Other lots included a one-off rocking horse decorated by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, pictured left, and matching Jimmy Choo handbag and shoes.

Also on sale were mini canvases created by youngsters during workshops held in London schools, galleries, hospitals and hospices.

One of these was a pink jewel painting produced by Billie-Jo.