Manchester artist Michael Browne has decided to auction a pencil drawing of Wayne Rooney and donate half the proceeds to charity.
The 1m x 1.5m detailed pencil drawing focuses on Rooney’s achievements for both club and country. Michael started the drawing of England’s highest goal scorer in Italy five months ago and finished it just in time for the United captain’s testimonial on 3 August.
“Wayne is a player that polarises opinion,” says Michael. “He’s an enigmatic figure in the same way that previous United icons have been and has become a pivotal player to England and United.”
The drawing, which features a number of details which reference both Manchester’s heritage and Wayne’s achievements, is currently on display at The National Football Museum together with his best known work – his 1997 Art of the Game oil painting which depicts a Christ-like Eric Cantona and other players in a Renaissance-style setting.
50% of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to the Wayne Rooney Foundation which was set up to improve and inspire the lives of disadvantaged children.
It is the original, and only, drawing and is signed by the artist. To find out more or to bid for the drawing visit tinyurl.com/WRauction The auction ends on August 21 2016 at 8pm.