Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Snap Up Historic Photos at Fundraising Auction

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Snap Up Historic Photos at Fundraising Auction

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Byline: Barbara Hodgson Reporter

ICONIC pop star images taken by an American photographer are going up for auction to raise funds for Amble's PS200,000 lifeboat appeal.

Famous photographs dating back to the '70s of music greats ranging from Marc Bolan to The Rolling Stones will be up for grabs at Amble's RNLI station tomorrow (Sunday) as part of its annual Harbour Day fund-raiser.

In a coup for the town's ongoing campaign to raise funds for a new Shannon class lifeboat, world renowned music photographer Steve Emberton has settled there and came up with the idea of raiding his archives to support what he says is a great cause.

"I had images, some from previous exhibitions, that were sitting there doing nothing," said Steve, who will be returning from a trip away tomorrow morning to host the auction that evening.

"They're some of my most popular pictures."

Among the lots will be shots of Blondie, Bryan Ferry, The Clash and Marc Bolan whom Steve photographed two months before he was killed in a car crash in 1977.

His generous donation has delighted the local Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

Katrina Cassidy, one of the organisers of the Harbour Day, said: "The photographs are stunning."

She only recently discovered Steve was living in her very street and when she saw his work she immediately recognised iconic shots, such as one of Sid and Nancy, the Sex Pistols bassist and his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen. Vicious was later accused of murdering Nancy just before he himself died from a heroin overdose.

She said: "It was amazing when I saw them.

"Steve had approached us to see if we wanted to auction some of the iconic photographs and we're tagging the auction on the back of Harbour Day.

"It's something completely different for us, and quite a different audience.

"We have to raise PS200,000 and we've got halfway there in a year through a lot of hard work.

"The Harbour Day is the biggest fund-raiser for us.

"If we want to raise the money we have to go outside our normal comfort zone and we rely on people like Steve to give us these ideas and run with them. …

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