Playboy gives Brack painting to the National Portrait Gallery

Jazz 24 August 2007 3

Adelaide entrepreneur, speedway champion, playboy (according to this smh article) and son of the city’s pre-eminent power family, Kym Bonython fulfilled a promise he made in 1990 to give the National Portrait Gallery a portrait of himself done by Australian painter John Brack. The portrait has an estimated value in excess of $500,000.

Further info can be found in this ABC online article, which includes a good photo of the portrait, as well as this Age piece and this one in the smh.

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3 Responses to Playboy gives Brack painting to the National Portrait Gallery
kenk kenk 1:56 pm 25 Aug 07

Kym Bonython was a personality on ABC for decades with a high-quality late-night jazz show. The stuff he played was well chosen and his commentary restrained, informative and easy-listening.

I also recall an interview (probably on ABC) where it emerged that he and his family were SA Brahmins, big in high society and dairy farming. I distinctly recall Kym acknowledging that his car had a bumper sticker: ‘For whom the bulls toil”.

He came across as a good bloke, top presenter and it is good to learn that he is still around.

And I liked the portrait – to add a face to the voice.

Sammy Sammy 12:10 pm 24 Aug 07

Well done. You’ve used all types of superlatives to describe the subject, without actually managing to mention their name!

Ari Ari 10:47 am 24 Aug 07

Must read the headline more carefully in future … for a moment I thought Steve Bracks had given all his old Playboys to the Gallery.

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