11.24.03 - Fashion Wire Daily
You too can be painter Bono, and judging from the proceeds at Fridays auction of your art a pretty successful one at that.
A series of 16 paintings by U2's singer, aided by his two young daughters, Jordan and Eve, raised $368,000 in Christies New York Friday at a benefit for the Irish Hospice Foundation.
Hello my name is Bono and I am a Rock Star, said Bono with a mock smirk as he addressed the packed auction room, before going on to praise the angels at the Irish Hospice for the care they showed his late father. Bonos father Bob Hewson died in August 2001 after a long fight with cancer.
The Bono family artwork are illustrations for a modern interpretation of the Prokofiev orchestral classic "Peter and the Wolf," whose score has been updated by film soundtrack producer -- and Bono's childhood friend -- Gavin Friday ("Moulin Rouge," "Romeo & Juliet").
Two portraits of his father carrying his Cleveland golf clubs each went for $15,000, while a study of the wolfs head was acquired by for $20,000 by U2 manager Paul McGuinness. The top price at the auction, however, was $60,000 paid for a self-portrait of Bono as a kid entitled Baked Bean Boy, acquired after some heated bidding by Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group.
I asked my girls Jordan and Eve to help me with detail and a filigree of flowers. I painted myself in a corner as Peter. My Da we made the grandfather, as he was to Jordan and Eve, my two daughters who loved and were loved by him. The Wolf was ambition for things just out of reach, Bono said in his speech.
At times, the auction became a zany after. When auctioneer Bernard Willams called Bono the Basquiat of the future, Friday joined him at the rostrum and promised to put his tongue in the ear of whoever paid $30,000 for one of the paintings, mixed media on paper, as large as 5 foot by 10 foot.
Hospice director Marie Donnelly revealed to FWD that the Hospice expects to raise a further million dollars from the sale of a limited edition of 200 box sets costing $5,000 each containing fine reproductions of the paintings. A book and CD are also available on peterwolf.org, with all proceeds benefiting the Irish Hospice.
Bono mingled with Moby, Elvis Costello, Michael Stipe and Matthew Barney super-beauty Aimee Mullins at the post-show cocktail, before heading to dinner in Mario Battalis Otto and making the late night scene at PM.
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