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Archibald Prize 2006

Entries: 787 (35 selected + Packing Room Prize winner)
Sponsor: Myer
Exhibition dates: 25 March to 28 May 2006
Only selected finalists were exhibited; each artist could submit only one work

A betting agency began taking bets on the Archibald Prize. The favourite was Jun Chen ($5.50), followed by Geoffrey Dyer ($7). The winner – Marcus Wills, with his first Archibald entry – was considered a long shot, at $31.

The Packing Room Prize winner – Michael Mucci’s portrait of television host Scott Cam – was not selected by the Gallery trustees for the Archibald exhibition but was displayed nearby.

36 works