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Cartoon portrait of Ian Curtis to be auctioned for charity

  • 13/10/2009
  • Rodrigo Davies
Ian Curtis by Pete McKee

A cartoon portrait of the late Ian Curtis is to be auctioned for charity as part of an exhibition tracing the history of music in Manchester.

The show, Great Moments in Manchester Music, has been compiled by the artist Pete McKee, and also features images of the likes of the Ian Curtis, Ian Brown and Johnny Marr.

McKee, who has worked for the likes of Oasis and Arctic Monkeys in the past and counts Paul Weller and Richard Hawley among his fans, is selling the Curtis picture via a blind auction.

Speaking to 6 Music today, McKee explained the piece, called "I C Cafe":
"It's a picture of Ian Curtis sat in a cafe looking at an old woman, and I've got a real soft spot for that painting."

"It's light hearted in some respects, but the actual painting itself can be quite melancholy. The I C Cafe one of those examples, where I have a person in a moment of reflection, posing for thought."

You can find more information on how to participate in the auction on Pete McKee's website.

Click here to see a selection of pictures from the exhibition.

The show runs until 5th November in Oddest in Chorlton, followed by 5-7 November at Odd in the Northern Quarter and from 7th December to 14th January at Odder, Oxford Road.

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