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Plunket Wakatipu has two fancied items going under the hammer next week – this Lake Hayes-inspired landscape, with Cecil Peak in the background, is one of them.

Philanthropic 75-year-old artist Peter Beadle (left) hopes the work – worth an estimated $9500 – will boost the coffers of Plunket, which is auctioning its Henry Street building at the same time.

The double auction, run by Bayleys Queenstown, starts at Plunket at 12.30pm on April 17.

Plunket president Nicky Thompson (right) says the sale of the 231sq m property – the group’s base since 1986 – will allow it to buy a larger site in Frankton and build a facility with enough parking for the growing number of women using the organisation’s services.

Four hundred women visited Plunket last month alone, she says – and that doesn’t count those attending clinic appointments.

Plunket will lease the Henry St property till it finds a suitable section and builds there – a process Thompson expects will take up to two years.