In June we auctioned a pair of rare art works depicting the legendary Hacienda nightclub in Manchester. The auction raised £1172.50 for the Manchester bomb victims and the money has already been received by the British Red Cross.
The limited-edition signed artwork had been donated to us a few years ago by Joy Division and New Order legend, and customer of ours, Peter Hook and had been on display in our shop.
The winning bidder was Factory Records fan Tony Dykes of Brighton who used to go to The Hacienda in the early days during the 1980s as a student at Manchester Polytechnic. He’s very kindly sent us a photograph of the art which is now on his walls.
Tony, aged 51, gave up alcohol last Autumn and has since become a customer of The Alcohol-Free Shop.
He said: “Like everyone else, I was appalled at the barbaric attack on innocent concert goers in Manchester, and my deepest sympathy goes out to everyone affected. Words really are not adequate. So most importantly, it is great that this money is going to the ‘We love Manchester’ fund.
“I grew very fond of the city and visited the Hacienda on a number of occasions when it was almost empty. My wife also lived in Manchester in the early to mid 1990s and she visited the Hac when it was a much more popular destination. These amazing prints have a personal resonance for us both and will take pride of place in our house above the record deck and amp.”
Art and antique transport specialist at The British Shop, whose experts carry priceless works around the world, donated their services and safely delivered the prints to Tony for free.
Our shop walls are not the same without these beautiful screenprints, but we’re delighted they’ve gone to a good home and raised money for an important cause.
We want to thank everyone who bid on the auction and especially Tony for his winning bid.