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3 October 2008

Bonhams to host Prince's Trust /
Quo 40th anniversary Art auction

To mark the fortieth anniversary of their first hit single, 'Pictures Of Matchstick Men', and raise money for youth charity The Prince's Trust, Status Quo host a star-studded auction / album launch at 6pm on 5 November 2008 at Bonhams, supported by Coutts. Fifty renowned musicians, artists and stars have taken up a challenge from The Prince's Trust and created their own versions of classic Quo single / album covers and these will be auctioned with all net proceeds going to the charity. All images are viewable today! Personalities as diverse as Brian Wilson, Sir Tom Stoppard, Andrew Marr, Alice Cooper, Fiona Phillips, Brian May, Nick Mason, Sir Steve Redgrave, Harry Hill, Chris Tarrant, Rolf Harris, David Shepherd, Chelsea and Liverpool FC and the cast of Coronation Street have contributed works ? some of which have to be seen to be believed. The band have all completed artworks too so, if you've ever wanted to hang a member of Status Quo, this is your chance ? and it's all for a good cause!

Entrance to the auction is strictly by invitation only, but from 1 October all of the paintings will be viewable via the Quo, Coutts and Bonhams websites*. Online bidding on all lots will be available exclusively on The Prince's Trust website [www.princes-trust.org.uk/statusquo]. Online bidding will finish at midday on the day of the Bonhams auction and the highest bids transferred to the auction room [the highest bidders online will be given the opportunity to continue bidding]. The master of ceremonies will be Paul Gambaccini and on the night, eight of the lots will go under the hammer and the rest will be sold by silent auction. With a mixture of household names, the band themselves and some up and coming young British artists this is a collection like none other ? see over for full list.

"Pictures: 40 Years of Hits" itself is a retrospective collection. Each differing format version of the album, released on 3rd November 2008 through UMTV, offers a varied configuration of content. The 4CD 'Earbook' will contain all 75 UK singles [including the band's forthcoming first ever Christmas single 'It's Christmas Time'] and a 120-page full colour book** featuring all the auctioned artworks.

The 2008 "Pictures: 40 Years Of Hits" auction, album releases and a full UK Winter tour offer the chance to be part of the anniversary party for true legends of the rock world - put yourself in the frame!

For more information please contact Chris Hewlett on 0208 348 6767 or email chris@chrishewlett.com

* www.statusquo.co.uk, www.coutts.com/newsandinformation, www.bonhams.com/events
** Universal Music Operations Limited will pay 10% of its net receipts from each EarBook sold to Prince's Trust Trading Limited with a minimum payment of ?1 per Book. The total amount paid to Prince's Trust Trading Limited is expected to be ?10,000. Prince's Trust Trading Limited covenants all its taxable profits to The Prince's Trust, registered charity number 1079675.

"PICTURES: 40 YEARS OF HITS" THE ARTISTS

Tamara Beckwith - Rockin' Denim
Charles Billich - Helping Hands
Andrew Bown - Hello?
Fern Britton - Love The Quo
Chris De Burgh & Rosanna Davison - Marguerita Time
Andy Cato - Ma Kelly's Purple Haze
John Challis - Wannabe Quos
Chelsea FC - Untitled
Alice Cooper - Unconscious Impression: Status Quo
Coronation Street Cast - Quo Street
Jamie Cullum - Blues And The Not-So Abstract Truth
John 'Rhino' Edwards & Family - 3 Chords Under A Red Sky
FRASERS - A Brush With The Quo
Roger Glover - Please Stop
John Hammond - Rain
Rolf Harris CBE AM - Quo Duo
James Herbert - Never Too Dead To Rock
Harry Hill - Siamese Quo
Sue Holderness - Whatever You Want, Boys!
Fraser King - Status Quo 1975
Gordon King - Status Quo
Emily Lamb - The Importance Of Maintaining The Status Quo
Matthew Letley - 12 Gold Bars
Liverpool FC - Untitled
Gaby Logan - When You Walk In The Room
Andrew Marr - Ma Kelly's Greasy Spoon
Kate Marshall - Kate And The Telecasters
Nick Mason - As The Quo Flies
Brian May CBE - Quo Will Rock You
Roger McGough CBE - On Being Unable To Paint A Picture
Katie Melua - If You Can't Stand The Heat
Rick Parfitt - Never Too Late
Terry Pastor - Untitled
Bernhard Paul [Circus Roncalli] - Rockin' All Over The World
Fiona Phillips - Swan Vesta Rock
Christine Porter - Whatever You Want
Ian Reddington - Blue For You Too
Sir Steve Redgrave & Sophie Redgrave - Guitars
Paul & Cynthia Rodgers - Fourth Chord Enigma
Francis Rossi - Pictures Of Matchstick Men
Scooter - The Strings That Mean The World
David Shepherd CBE FRSA - Heavy Traffic
Carole Smillie - Hello
Sir Tom Stoppard OM CBE - Rock'n'Roll
Julian Sullivan OBE - If You Can't Stand The Heat
Chris Tarrant OBE - The Net's Too Small
The Feeling - Q
Bill Tidy MBE - Status Quo By The Sea
Brian Wilson - Fun Fun Fun
Bonnie Wright - Time

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