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Subject: Mini Monet takes art world by storm

Written By: Philip Eno on 08/04/10 at 1:44 am

A seven-year-old 'mini Monet' has taken the art world by storm - selling his latest collection of paintings for £150,000 in just 30 minutes.

The sale of schoolboy Kieron Williamson's work attracted buyers and bids from all over the world, including New York and South Africa.

Some fans even went to the extreme of camping outside the gallery in the art prodigy's home town of Holt, Norfolk, where his work was to be exhibited.

The paintings in Kieron's latest collection, which is his third, featured mostly local Norfolk landscapes and coastal scenes.

Kieron said: "I like landscapes as they've got the big Norfolk skies in them and not too many hills or mountains."

One of the biggest sellers at the sale was a 20in by 30in oil painting called 'Sunrise at Morston', which went for £7,995.

Kieron paints up to six paintings a week and there currently around 700 people on a waiting list for an original.

The youngster first started painting two years ago after he was inspired by boats in dock during a family holiday to Cornwall.

Gallery owner Adrian Hill said: "Kieron has probably become one of the most collectable artists worldwide."

Kieron's parents plan to buy him a house with his earnings and invest the rest for him until he is 25.

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