Online Auction for framed commission portrait of your dog + other goodies

We are holding an online auction via our Oldies Club Auction Page, to raise much needed funds for the older dogs in our care.

We have lots of lovely listings of items for you and your dog, including this amazing opportunity for a dog lover to own a framed commissioned portrait miniature of their dog, which has very kindly donated by portrait artist and dog portrait photographer Bettina von Zwehl, whose work is in museum collections around the world, including the V&A Museum and the Guggenheim, New York.

Please click HERE to bid on this commission, on our auction page.


The listing is for one dog to be photographed in Bettina’s studio in Hackney E8, near London Fields, so the winning bidder and their dog must be happy and able to make their own arrangements to travel to the studio. There is free parking right outside the studio and the studio is on the ground floor, so no steps and good for older dogs, and your dog would obviously have to be happy in a studio environment.

The session will take 1.5 hours at the most and once the film is developed, Bettina will choose the best portrait from the session and organise the printing, retouching, mounting and framing to museum standard.

The framed portrait miniature is for a single dog. The size of the frame is 16.5 x 16.5cm and the image is 8cm diameter. For larger dogs, the image size is slightly larger at 16cm x 13cm. Bettina advises that this is a bespoke framing method inspired by historical portrait miniatures of dogs as you would find them in the Royal Collection.

This commission has a market value of £3,000, so we are setting a reserve of £500 for this listing, although you can start the bidding at a lower amount.

Please note that Bettina, as the photographer, will choose the photo to be framed and that she retains the copyright for the image.

Please bid generously. Bettina is an internationally recognised portrait artist and dog portrait photographer and her dog portraits have recently been displayed at the Kennel Club, London, and in New York, and they have been featured in the Financial Times as well.

The winning bidder will be able to arrange the visit to the studio direct with Bettina following the auction.

If you have any questions about the listing for Bettina’s framed commissioned dog portrait miniature that aren’t answered above, please email f@oldies.org.uk.

(The included images are examples of Bettina’s beautiful portrait miniatures.)