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This article was published 10/08/2016 (2365 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

An enormous painting of Queen Elizabeth II has found a new home — all 35 square metres of it.

The five-metre by seven-metre painting, which used to hang in the old Winnipeg Arena, was posted on Kijiji, of all places, on Aug. 2. The ad has since been modified to say the 600-pound artwork has been purchased.

“A home for the Queen has been secured, thank you all for your interest and support,” it reads. “Stay tuned for the impact this will have on the city…”

JAMIE BOYCHUK PHOTO A large portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which used to hang in the Winnipeg Arena. Winnipeg resident Jamie Boychuk, who purchased the painting last year, has put it up for sale and is hoping it will once again be on public display somewhere in Winnipeg.

The gigantic painting was supposed to return to Winnipeg after a pair of CN Rail executives, Jamie Boychuk and Michael Cory, acquired it a year and a half ago.

The portrait, painted in oil on plywood, hung from the rafters of the now-demolished Winnipeg Arena for 20 years.

Commissioned by then-Manitoba Lt.-Gov. Francis Laurence Jobin, the gigantic piece was painted by Gilbert Burch and unveiled with great ceremony back in 1979. Following the closure of the arena, the painting was more or less adrift.

As of 2015, the portrait had sat inside a storage facility in Whitby, Ont., since 2002. During its hibernation, the topic of the painting and its future has came up regularly in Winnipeg, and it found more traction when the NHL returned to the city in 2011.

At the time of the purchase which was made public in February, 2015, Boychuk said he planned to bring the painting back to Manitoba. The price was never disclosed publicly.

There was no room for the Queen in the MTS Centre, but discussions were underway to display it in a spot where Manitobans could enjoy it again.

When Boychuk aquired the painting, he said it was in two pieces, but in great condition, with the exception the odd hockey puck mark put on it by NHL players who used to shoot pucks at it from centre ice when it hung from the arena rafters.

aidan.geary@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 4:25 PM CDT: Update

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