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Friday 22nd May…

 

WOW! What an amazing 72 hours! I thought this week was going well when I got accepted to have my work featured for the first time in a gallery/exhibition but today has been even better!

In midweek I posted on my “Icon Art” Facebook page an advert telling people that my latest prints will be on sale at a couple of art markets I’m doing this weekend, three of which I personalised to tie in with the Liverpool ‘Sound City’ event that begins this weekend.
Seeing this, an old friend from my musician days, Tony Donaghey (who runs the Liverpool Bands website/Facebook page), suggested I somehow get one of these prints signed by the musicians performing and then auction it off for charity. Great idea in theory i thought but couldnt see it happening, especially given that this Facebook conversation was taking place only YESTERDAY evening!

However, this morning I saw I had a few messages and comments and, thanks to Tony and another mate Joel Goldberg (well-known musician from that talented Liverpool musical ‘Goldberg’ family) who tagged in the CEO of Liverpool’s Sound City on my post, I got a message from the man himself – David Pichilingi!

 

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Facebook SOUND post

 

So, I excitedly jumped up and straight away set to work on personalising the last blank print of “Homesick Bob” I had, with something simple that would allow as many autographs to fit on as possible…

 

30 mins later it was done, and signed/dated on the reverse…

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Sound HSB print

 

With a quick check of the Sound City conference schedule today and the location, I jumped in the car and set off.

At about 12:30pm I was in the Titanic Hotel and after a quick 10 minute scout around in various rooms, I found the man I was looking for. David Pichilingi. CEO of Sound City. And what a bloody nice bloke he is too! For someone so important and considering it is such an obviously busy time for him, David was so down to earth and was more than happy to oblige my request. What a top lad!…

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Me and Dave Pichilingi

 

Now it’s a case of waiting to see who they can get to sign the piece and then the next stage will be sorting the auction out. 100% of the proceeds are going to David’s recommended charity, the children’s hospice Claire’s House (www.claire-house.org.uk). Fantastic cause. Brilliant stuff this!  Updates to follow…

Tuesday 26th May…

So I spoke to David on the phone this morning and what he told me brought the biggest smile to my face – he said that the first performer they got to sign the print was none other than the headline act, Flaming Lips’ lead singer Wayne Coyne. This was the autograph I REALLY wanted to see on my work but didn’t have the nerve to request it when I handed the print over to David, so when he went on to tell me that Wayne decided to add his own artistic flair all over the piece, my smile doubled! I cannot wait to see how it looks!!! Picking it up tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve had some good ideas about the auction.

Wednesday 27th May…
I called in to the Sound City office today and David revealed this…

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Absolutely love it! Typical clever Flaming Lips-style creativity from this legend of a man…

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The next step now is deciding on the best way to auction this unique piece of Memorabilia and begin the publicising process. Updates to follow…

Tuesday 09th June…
It has been decided that to reach a wider audience, Ebay is the best way to maximise exposure and hopefully make some good money for Claire’s House. The 5-day auction will go live on Sunday 14th June at 7pm and will finish on Friday 19th June at 7pm…

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Links will be posted when the auction goes live. More updates to follow…

Monday 15th June…
The bidding opens at 50p!…

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HERE IS THE LINK TO THE EBAY AUCTION PAGE: (copy and paste into your browser)…

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dylan-by-Liverpool-artist-signed-embellished-by-Wayne-Coyne-at-Sound-City-15-/321778065560?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item4aeb77a098#shpCntId

Friday 19th June…
SOLD! After promising early bidding midweek (probably a result of my regular bombardment/promotion/social networking!) the last few mins of the auction were a bit of an anti-climax in truth, only raising the final total to £46.00. Still, it’s better than nothing but someone has got a real steal there!…

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As soon as the fee is paid and the print is on it’s way to the lucky bidder, I will be taking a cheque to the Allerton Rd branch of Claire’s House, where I called in midweek to let them know what was happening. Photos/update to follow…

Thursday 25th June…
ALL DONE! Went down on Tuesday morning and told the lady I have a cheque to donate – I half filled in the donation form as instructed and she said she’d do the rest. And that was the end of this great journey! If I am honest, I was expecting a greater reaction than what I got but then I realised that charity is not done for our own rewards.

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Cheque pic

Donation form

And I can now reveal that, the bidder who won the item was bidding on my behalf. YES THAT’S RIGHT! I TOLD YOU I WANTED IT!! Of course I would have happily not won the auction if the bids were a lot higher but there we are.
Big, big thanks to everyone who got involved, who shared my Facebook posts, retweeted my tweets and generally spread the word. We can all give ourselves a pat on the back that we’ve contributed to a great charity. Here’s to the next one!

Stephen

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