A Kuwaiti businessman has expressed interest in buying a life-sized portrait of Margaret Thatcher standing at the door of 10 Downing Street. Michael Noakes, a British artist and a close friend of Thatcher, who is looking for a permanent home for the 12 foot 5 inch tall portrait he painted while Thatcher was still in office, told The Telegraph that a businessman in Kuwait had expressed interest in buying it.
It was first unveiled by Denis Thatcher, the former prime minister's husband, at the Fine Arts Society in London, but has not been seen in public since. “Last evening was a wonderful occasion for us,” Thatcher wrote in a letter, dated July 23, 1996, to Noakes and his wife Vivien Langley, following a private viewing of the portrait. “The portrait on the steps of No 10 exceeded all my expectations. It was so realistic. Your idea was sheer genius and it has succeeded.
“We must get more people to see it so that a permanent home worthy of your great talents may be found.” Thatcher also signed off the letter with further gratitude. “Thank you so very much. I shall be very happy to be remembered at the door of 10 Downing Street. All good wishes. Margaret Thatcher.”
The portrait’s value is unclear, but a previous portrait of Thatcher painted by Noakes sold at a Conservative Party fund-raising auction for £440,000 ($670,736), The Telegraph reported.