Artwork of Mittens the cat, Dr Ashley Bloomfield up for grabs on Trade Me

The artwork.
The artwork. Photo credit: Trade Me/ desertrose_

A drawing of "two great New Zealanders" - Mittens the famous Wellington cat and Dr Ashley Bloomfield - is up for grabs on Trade Me.

Bidding for the pencil drawing starts at $177 - and 10 percent of the proceeds will be donated to the SPCA.

It's not the first time either subject has been immortalised in art. The Director-General of Health was tattooed on one Morrinsville woman's leg, and has been embroidered on a hand towel, while the iconic Wellington feline has his own line of  Mittens merchandise.

While they may seem an unlikely pairing, the two have a few things in common - they have both been nominated for New Zealander of the Year and both were part of the Mihi Project - an art installation at Wellington's Te Papa.

Their names were projected on a huge wall at the museum in way of thanks for their help throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

The A3 sketch has drawn interest from the public with 21 people adding the work to their watchlists - but if you miss out then don't worry - there will be a limited number of prints in A4 and A3 available.