Not content with being one of the most successful musicians on the planet, Ed Sheeran can now add profitable artist to his long list of accolades.
One of his paintings has just raised £40,000 at a charity auction to redevelop a playground for children with special educational needs and disabilities.
The work was titled Dab 2 2020 – inspired by Sheeran’s childhood nickname for his father John, who is also an artist.
The 29-year-old musician has previously compared his own style with that of American expressionist artist Jackson Pollock.
It is the only Ed Sheeran artwork that has ever gone on sale according to the auction organisers.
Handwritten lyrics to his hit single Perfect – dedicated to his wife Cherry – also fetched £23,500.
A collection of Sheeran’s childhood Lego bricks sold for £4,150 while a signed programme from his Multiply tour fetched the same amount, £4,150.
Other celebrities including David Beckham, Kylie Minogue and Usain Bolt also donated items and unique experiences to the auction.
Other lots included a Damien Hirst print which fetched £20,000 and an original page from the Love Actually script at £17,000.
The cash will also support a young people’s hospice in Ipswich.
Co-organised by Sheeran’s parents, John and Imogen, the aim is to create lasting legacies to improve children’s care across Suffolk – Ed’s home county.
In a legacy of a different sort, Sheeran announced the birth of his first child, Lyra Antarctica Seaborn Sheeran, earlier this year.
Along with a picture of a knitted shawl and tiny pair of socks, Sheeran wrote that he and his wife Cherry Seaborn were both “completely in love” with their new arrival.