In theslipstream of The Rolling Stones’ five 50th anniversary concerts, whererockers Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood were reunitedwith former bass guitarist Bill Wyman for the first time since 1990, SymbolicLondon gallery has curated a private collection of 104 artworks depicting thesprightly sexagenarians and their British Invasion career.
Starting from£2,750, the exhibition includes creations by Ronnie Wood that have been off themarket for more than 20 years, as well as portraits by SebastianKrüger (from £5,000) and Andy Warhol (£40,000). WhileRussell Young may have barely resisted the temptation to paint itblack in hisMick Jagger Red Lips portrait(first picture, £16,500), a limited edition print designed by Jeff Koons (second picture, £5,100) fromthe Stones’ Forty Licks world tour, signed by both the artistand the four remaining band members, compensates with volumes of colour in avibrant metre-long photographic montage.
Among the newworks commissioned specifically for the exhibition is Tongue byGéronimo-Jumping Bull, a personal friend of the group who has created 50 unique pieces to celebrate The Rolling Stones’ goldenjubilee.The Native American artist hasreimaginedthe band’s iconic motif by mounting 3,000 Coca-Cola canson a fully functional radiator (£50,000).
The onlyartwork not part of the general exhibition (viewable solely by appointment for those making an offer) is Bob Dylan’s original manuscript for his1965 hit Like a Rolling Stone, valued at around £10m. It’s onlyrock’n’roll, but there are those who really, really like it.