19 March 2006

Iconic symbol up for sale

Sunday Life

John McGurk
19 March 2006

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usA poignant face from Ulster's troubled past is set to be one of the 'stars' at a top London art sale.

For a poster of Belfastman Anthony O' Shaughnessy's appearance on the cover of a classic 1980 rock album is due to go on sale - with an asking price of up to £650!

The startling image of Anthony fleeing the sectarian trouble which erupted on the day internment was introduced - August 9, 1971 - was used as the cover picture for Dexy's Midnight Runners' album, Searching For The Young Soul Rebels.

Anthony, who was only 13 years old at the time, was pictured clutching a small suitcase and a holdall bag of belongings, as he and his family fled from Cranbrook Gardens in Belfast's Ardoyne area.

The heart-tugging picture - later found in a pile of snaps in a London studio - made Anthony the centre of media attention upon the album's release in 1980.

Now, nearly 26 years later, the image will feature among a galaxy of stars, including Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, in the Explosion! exhibition.

More than 40 classic original rock and pop posters, custom-framed album covers and other rock artefacts, will be displayed for sale in central London's Movie Poster Art Gallery this summer.

Gallery spokesman Tim Maddison told Sunday Life: "Posters like this rarely survive. I had never seen one before and it is my own favourite from the show."

The poster, which is conservation backed on Japanese paper, is on sale for £350 (unframed) or £650 (framed).

Other famous faces and iconic images in the Explosion! sale include Bob Dylan, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Johnny Cash and Led Zeppelin.

My name is Anthony O'Shaughnessy
enjoyed the article on your Website.
Refering to myself and Dexy's Midnight Runners.The photograph reminds me of the George Harrison song. "All those years ago".
Anthony O'Shaughnessy
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