Iconic photograph of Keith Richards to auction online for charity

Acclaimed British photographer, artist and music video director Russell Young has risen to become one of the most collected artists of our time. His career, spanning more than 20 years, includes iconic shots of countless musicians, including George Michael, Morrissey, Bjork, Springsteen, Dylan, REM, The Smiths, Diana Ross and many more.

Recently, Russell Young collaborated with acclaimed photographer Henry Dilts to release a colorful series of limited edition silk screens on canvas of Dilts' original photographs from the late '60s and early '70s. One of these iconic photos is a candid of Rolling Stones' guitarist Keith Richards, bottle of Jack in his hand, as he jaunts past his chauffeurs on the way to his private car in 1979.

The band had just had an epic year - the release of Some Girls at #1 in the US, a guest spot on Saturday Night Live, and the brutal legal battle for Richards over drug possession in Canada ending with an order to perform two free charity concerts in Oshawa.

Keith Richards
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As a donation to The Art of Elysium, an organization that encourages artists to dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions, Russell Young is auctioning a rare 40" x 60" screen print on canvas of Keith Richards 1979, edition 12/20.

Celebrities and the most discriminating collectors like Abby Rosen, the Getty's, Elizabeth Taylor, David Hockney, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, David Bowie and President Barack Obama have added the Russell Young's works to their collections. His larger than life screenprint images from history and popular culture are compelling, daunting, and undeniable.

The work, valued at $16,000, is up for auction at luxury charity auction site Charitybuzz which raises funds for nonprofits around the globe through online auctions of exceptional pieces. This is a rare chance for one fan to add his work to their collection while doing good at the same time. The piece is available through September 15.


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