26 Mar 2010

Ned Kelly painting sells for almost $7m

4:17 pm on 26 March 2010

A painting of Australian outlaw Ned Kelly has sold at auction for $NZ6.95 million.

The 1946 Sidney Nolan painting, First Class Marksman, depicts the 19th-century outlaw walking through the bush with rifle raised.

He is wearing his trademark body armour with iron helmet and narrow eye slit.

Nolan is one of Australia's most celebrated and internationally recognised artists.

This is believed to be the only one of his 27 paintings of Ned Kelly that is not on display at the National Gallery in Canberra.