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Jimmy Barnes Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize At Archibald

A portrait of Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes by artist Jamie Preisz has won the coveted Packing Room Prize in this year's Archibald exhibition.

Head packer Brett Cuthbertson announced the winning entry in Sydney on Thursday.

"It was the only contender the whole way through," Mr Cuthbertson, who replaced Steve Peters last year after 35 years in the role, told reporters.

Archibald curator Anne Ryan told ABC's 7.30 program: "It's a bit more akin to what our everyday visitors might appreciate and enjoy."

Former head packer Steve Peters revealed that to win "the work has to be good" and "the subject should be someone that everyone knows".

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