Paintings done by a CHIMPANZEE go on sale for £200,000

Paintings done by a CHIMPANZEE go on sale for £200,000


A collection of 55 paintings drawn by a chimpanzee whose work has been bought by everyone from Pablo Picasso to the Duke of Edinburgh has gone up for auction at £200,000 The paintings by Congo the chimpanzee will go under the hammer at a London gallery in December  Born in 1954, Congo learned to draw at two years old when his owner, anthropologist Desmond Morris, gave him a pencil  By the age of four, he had completed no less than 400 abstract, expressionist paintings He died six years later at the age of 10 after suffering from tuberculosis.  Born in 1954, Congo the chimpanzee (pictured) learned to draw at two years old when his owner, anthropologist Desmond Morris, gave him a pencil  By the age of four, he had completed no less than 400 abstract, expressionist paintings A baby Congo is pictured with zoologist Desmond Morris The pair appeared together on ITV’s Zoo Time in the 1950s when viewers would get to see the ape in action  Congo the chimpanzee and Desmond Morris, now 91, rose to fame in the 1950s when they appeared on ITV’s Zoo Time, which provided live broadcasts direct from London Zoo and gave viewers the chance to the monkey in action (painting pictured)  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Pizza Express calls in financial advisors ahead of talks Princess Diana’s former private secretary warns Meghan. Police watchdog report into VIP child abuse lies of Share this article Share Congo and Mr Morris, now 91, rose to fame in the 1950s when they appeared on ITV’s Zoo Time, which provided live broadcasts direct from London Zoo and gave viewers the chance to the monkey in action  He was so popular his works were acquired by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and the Duke of Edinburgh   Picasso is believed to have been a big fan, hanging one of his paintings in his studio after receiving it as a gift  Mr Morris, who now lives in County Kildare, told The Times: ‘My wife died and I moved to Ireland to be with my family, so I had to reduce my collection  This is my last batch. I’ve just kept one Congo for myself.’  He was so popular his works were acquired by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and the Duke of Edinburgh  Picasso is believed to have been a big fan, hanging one of his paintings in his studio after receiving it as a gift Each of the 55 Congo paintings will be priced between £1,500 and £6,000 each at the Mayor Gallery in LondonEach of the 55 Congo paintings will be priced between £1,500 and £6,000 each at the Mayor Gallery in London     In 2005, three of his pieces sold for an unexpected £14,000 at Bonhams auction house in London — far above the estimate of between £600 and £800 Director of the Mayor Gallery James Mayor told CNN Congo’s paintings are ‘very good’, adding: ‘He was a fascinating painter  ‘People would imagine he’d just grab a pencil or a paper, but.he’d have several colors and he’d think before he painted He was extraordinary.’ Desmond Morris is pictured with Congo and his friend Charlie on ITV’s Zoo Time, live from London Zoo, in 1956 

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