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Status Quo auction makes 100,000

Status Quo
The band launched a retrospective album at the event

Rock band Status Quo have helped raise 100,000 at a charity auction held in aid of The Prince's Trust.

The band asked 50 musicians, artists and stars to create their own versions of classic Quo singles and album covers, which were later auctioned.

A version of the Heavy Traffic album cover by wildlife artist David Shepherd fetched more than 17,000.

The band's frontman Francis Rossi said: "It's marvellous because normally these things can go down a damp squib."

TV presenters Fern Britton and Chris Tarrant, playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, Alice Cooper, Brian May, Harry Hill and Rolf Harris all took part, among others.

Chelsea and Liverpool FC and the cast of Coronation Street also donated works.

'Unusual charity'

"The fact that we reached 100,000 is very nice," said Rossi.

"The Prince's Trust is for young people that are not articulate or come from a poor background. Nobody gives them a chance.

"It's such an unusual charity. It's not the kind of charity that most people give to.

"People are not usually concerned about some young kid from a council estate background."

Bidding initially took place online, but the highest bids were transferred to the Bonhams auction room in London.

The event, which marked the 40th anniversary of Status Quo's first hit Pictures Of Matchstick Men, saw the launch of a new retrospective album entitled Pictures: 40 Years Of Hits.

Status Quo are due to take their tour to Europe on Friday, with a concert in Hanover.



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