A portrait of actor Colin Firth in costume as Jane Austen’s much beloved Fitzwilliam Darcy is expected to raise as much as £7,000 for charity later this month.

The oil painting, together with a signed letter from the star, is expected to raise £7,000 at the Bonhams sale on 21 January.

The portrait was used as a prop in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, in which Firth starred.

Proceeds will be split between Oxfam and the Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group.

The role of Mr Darcy earned Firth his heart-throb status.

The BBC piece is here.

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