Now Bonhams are giving bidders the chance to buy the portrait accompanied by a signed letter by our dear Colin Firth.
Colin says in the letter: “The painting was basically a bit part player in episode 4 of the BBCs 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice. Looking at him now I would say he has weathered better than most of us. In fact, he is the only character you can meet in person who looks precisely as he did the day he was filmed.
“Whatever you think of him today, you can consider yourselves fortunate to have been spared his earliest incarnation. Mr Darcy mark 1 came across as a shabby, insubstantial, derelict looking actor.
The likeness was supernatural. I disliked him intensely – as did everyone else. A very talented production designer managed to take him on a transformative journey into something bearable – and eventually into someone who could actually pass the audition.”