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Limited edition bird print takes flight

LOSING a limited edition Gladys O'Grady print which had been the centrepiece of her shop window has left Grafton businesswoman Annette Brotherson gutted.

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The print, which she had left in the shop window at 35 Prince St, was the last piece she removed from the premises, when she finally moved out on February 7.

Ms Brotherson said she and her sister had taken the last pieces from the shop she has occupied for the past 22 years and put the print on the roof of her car.

"It was about 4.30pm and I must have just driven off without thinking about it," she said.

"I was sitting at home watching Antiques Roadshow when the thought hit me and I had this terrible sinking feeling in my stomach."

Grafton florist Annette Brotherson only has the certificate of authenticity for Southern Figbirds after losing the print during the move from her shop in Prince St on February 7.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner
Grafton florist Annette Brotherson only has the certificate of authenticity for Southern Figbirds after losing the print during the move from her shop in Prince St on February 7.Photo Tim Howard / Daily Examiner Tim Howard

Ms Brotherson retraced her normal route along Oliver, Turf, Alice and Fitzroy streets but to no avail. "I even looked in Mary and Queen streets just in case," she said.

"I was expecting to find it still sitting in the car park behind the shop, but it was nowhere to be seen."

Ms Brotherson said the print, called Southern Figbirds, had first come to her attention when she saw it in a book belonging to her mother, called Australian Birds and Their Young.

"When I saw the print at a gallery sale I looked at it for 30 seconds and I wanted it," she said. "I just wanted something to remind me of my beautiful mother."

Ms Brotherson is busy re-establishing her florist business from her new premises in Oliver St, Grafton, but finds it hard to take her mind off the missing artwork.

If anyone has information about it, contact her on 6642 7805 or 0403 419 050.



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