An auction of rare, unique and collectable items to raise money for the Joe Orton Statue Appeal, introduced by actors Kenneth Cranham (Loot, 1966) and Julia Foster (What the Butler Saw, 1969)
1. Lyrics to Pet Shop Boys' 'Up Against It', handwritten by Neil Tennant in a book of handmade Venetian paper, autographed and with an apology for 'terrible handwriting'. Made and donated by Neil Tennant to support the Joe Orton Statue Appeal.
2. Artist's proof of 3 limited edition Orton/Halliwell doctored book covers: 'The Secret of Chimneys', 'Collins Guide to Roses' and 'Queen's Favourite' (2019). Remastered by Christian Furr, signed by the artist and Leonie Orton, stamped with the seal of the Estate of Joe Orton. Deckled edge prints on Somerset 320gsm paper, 78 x 56 cm (image 65 x 44 cm). Edition of 100. Unframed.
3. The Connor Brothers 'Every Sinner Has a Future' (2017). Giclee print with silkscreen finish, signed, numbered and dated, 120 x 75 cm, framed. Edition of 95. Donated by the artists.
4. Christian Furr, 'Mini Battenberg' (2017), oil on gessoed wooden panel, 20 x 21 cm, framed. Inspired by Leonie Orton's description of her brother's rhapsodic praise of the cake in her memoir, I Had It In Me. Donated by the artist.
5. Christian Furr, 'Battenberg' (2017), hand finished unique monoprint. Inkjet on archival 315gsm paper, acrylic paint, oil pastel, 30 x 21 cm, framed. Artist's proof. Donated by the artist.
6. David Lock, 'Smoking (in Briefs)' (2017). Oil on canvas, 31 x 26 cm. Commissioned for the 'What the Artist Saw: Art Inspied by the Life and Work of Joe Orton' exhibition (2017). Donated by the artist.
7. Life-size cardboard Joe Orton, autographed by Kenneth Craham (Orton's friend and principal actor) and Julia Foster.
8. 3D cardboard reproduction of 'John Betjeman' and 'The Great Tudors' , library books 'defaced' by Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell, approx 59.5 x 42.5 cm (sold separately). Donated by the National Justice Museum from its exhibition 'Crimes of Passion: The Story of Joe Orton' (2017).
9. Framed poster for The Erpingham Camp, Liverpool Playhouse, 25 February - 3 April 1982. Donated by Leonie Oton from her private collection.
10. A collection of four photographs of Kenneth Cranham and a poster for Entertaining Mr Sloane (1975) signed by Kenneth Cranham plus a reproduction of a postcard from Joe Orton to Kenneth Cranham from Morocco.
Entry free but we kindly request a donation to the appeal on the door.
Entry includes one complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.
To place absentee bids, please contact Emma Parker: ep27@
This event is sponsored by the University of Leicester.