Charity raffle brings artist an etching by Tracey Emin

An amateur painter from North Yorkshire has won a work of art by one of Britain's most famous living artists in a charity raffle.

The limited edition etching of Tracey Emin's No substitute for your Love was handed over yesterday to Lynda Bullus, who admitted that she had greeted her win with a degree of trepidation.

But she was relieved to learn that it was one of the less extravagant pieces by the artist, whose more avant-garde works have included the infamous My Bed that was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999.

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Ms Bullus, from Marton-cum-Grafton, near Boroughbridge, said: "I must admit that I was a little bit puzzled as to what I could end up with when I heard that I had won a piece by Tracey Emin.

"But it is a lovely etching, and it shows that she is very talented at drawing.

"It is tremendous to be able to hang something which has been created by such a famous artist on a wall at home."

The etching was the top prize in the raffle which was organised by a charity, The Art Fund, during the Northern Art Show that was held in Harrogate in November.

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Ms Bullus was presented with the framed etching by Jane Crease, the Yorkshire regional chairwoman of The Art Fund, at the Mercer Art Gallery in Harrogate yesterday.

The work was inspired by Hans Holbein the Younger's Portrait of a Lady with a Squirrel and a Starling, which was bought by the National Gallery in London in 1992 with support from The Art Fund.

The etching, which is 18 inches by 20 inches, is one of an edition of only 300 and has been valued at 650.

Ms Bullus, a retired personal assistant at a bank in Leeds, helped to launch an art group when she moved to Marton-cum-Grafton seven years ago. She specialises in watercolours, but also uses acrylics and pastels.