£12.5m needed to save this selfie

A £12.5m fundraising campaign has been launched in a bid to keep a “fantastic and evocative” self-portrait of painter Sir Anthony Van Dyck in the country.

A self-portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck at the National Portrait Gallery in London.

The painting, which dates back to 1640, has been in a private collection for almost 400 years but has been sold and could be shipped overseas. A Government export bar has given campaigners three months to save it.

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The National Portrait Gallery, where the work is on show, and the Art Fund have so far raised £1.2m.