Birmingham rock memorabilia comes home

Well, for a short time, at any rate. Every few months the National Exhibition Centre on the outskirts of Birmingham hosts a huge antiques fair called ‘Art and Antiques for Everyone’, where dealers can set up stalls and sell everything from high-end heirloom pieces to bric-a-brac and kitchenalia. We visited several times when we still lived in the city and always enjoyed poking about, although the prices were a little too high for us to buy much. (So much for the “for everyone” bit in the title!)

This time round it’s not the grandfather clocks, bureaux or candlesticks that have made the news, but rare photos of two Birmingham rock superstars taken by/of Andy Warhol. The first is of Ozzy Osbourne and includes half of Warhol’s face, edge of frame. It was snapped by a friend. The other was taken by Warhol himself and features Simon Le Bon, the lead singer of Duran Duran.

It’s rather nice that pictures of these two Brummie cult icons have ended up for sale in their home city. Less enthralling is the price. The photos are for sale for the eye-watering price of £28,000. And that’s not both together, that’s each.

If you’ve got a spare £56,000 kicking around (in a blue holdall, perhaps *cough*) then you can treat yourself. Otherwise, I suspect they’ll go to some rock memorabilia collector, or perhaps even a museum. So if you’re a fan of Ozzy or Le Bon, you better get your cheque book out and dash over to the NEC before someone else beats you to it!

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