The Rolling Stones: the art of rock’n’roll

The group’s 50th celebrations extend to a show of paintings, portraits and prints

Mick Jagger Red Lips by Russell Young, £16,500
Mick Jagger Red Lips by Russell Young, £16,500

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.

Limited-edition print by Jeff Koons, £5,100
Limited-edition print by Jeff Koons, £5,100

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.

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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).

Tongue by Géronimo-Jumping Bull, £50,000
Tongue by Géronimo-Jumping Bull, £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.

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