What does the Wellington dump, Trade Me, a Chinese immigrant and Helen Clark have in common?
Very little usually, until someone decided they no longer wanted their 2.4m high potrait of our former Prime Minister and sent it to the dump.
The good folk at at Wellington's waste management station decided it was too good to never see the light of day again and put it onsite for a $1 reserve.
They even managed to make Aunty Helen herself aware of the auction via the magic of Twitter, though it appears our former PM thought there maybe wasn't a lot going on in NZ that day.
But it turns out there's a decent market for massive paintings of former PMs - the auction got nearly 50,000 views, 60+ questions and sold for $1840.
All proceeds went to Women's Refuge, as per Helen's request, and the buyer was a Chinese immigrant called Joe who came to NZ because he was inspired by her after seeing an article featuring Ms Clark in a news bulletin.
A great yarn and a very cool result for her chosen charity.
It made a fair bit of media too. Check it out below:
- Newshub: Huge Helen Clark portrait rescued from Wellington dump
- TVNZ: Dumped portrait of Helen Clark rescued from Wellington rubbish tip, up to $500 on Trademe & climbing
- Newstalk ZB: Clark mural proceeds going to Women's Refuge
- Dominion Post: Discarded portrait of former prime minister Helen Clark fetches $1840 for charity
- Stuff: Chinese expat inspired by Helen Clark is buyer of her discarded portrait