Prince Charles Is One of the U.K.'s Best-Selling Living Artists
Just add hugely successful artist to his resume!
Prince Charles is a man of many talents. In honor of his 68th birthday, we’re taking a closer look at one of his most surprising skills!
Since 1997, Charles has earned nearly $3 million from the sales of prints of his watercolor paintings, making him one of the country’s best-selling living artists.
However, the money earned from his artistic endeavors doesn’t end up in Charles’s pockets: It all goes to the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation, which supports a variety of philanthropic causes.
Prince Charles’s lithographs carry quite the hefty price tag: The prints for sale in the gift shop at his home, Highgrove, go for around $3,600, but they are a steal compared to those sold at London’s Belgravia gallery, which can cost as much as $21,650!
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But for Prince Charles, his art isn’t about earning money – it’s about creating a legacy.
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“We walk away and shuffle off our mortal coil, but these things live on,” he said of his work in a 2013 documentary.
"I think these are really charming works of art in the English watercolor tradition and they are a really good reflection of the talent that lies within the royal family for art," Anna Hunter, owner of the Belgravia gallery, who reached out to Charles about selling his paintings back in 1989, said.
He usually paints landscapes, and oftentimes, the settings are familiar. A spokesperson for Clarence House told The Telegraph that the Queen’s estates at Balmoral and Sandringham are two of his go-to spots to break out his brushes. But he’ll also indulge in his hobby on vacation, whether it’s for work (on official visits) or play (skiing trips.)
Those hankering to get their hands on a Prince Charles original, however, are out of luck: He never sells the originals.