Hot on the heels of their solo show with former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, The Cob Gallery in Camden, London, is organizing an auction of some of his personal knick-knacks and blood-smeared artworks. The 17 lots to go under the virtual hammer on i-bidder next Friday include a selection of Doherty's acoustic guitars, trinkets, stage costumes, and "Ladylike," a work on paper including a self-portrait by the late Amy Winehouse drawn with her own blood.
"Amy was on the phone to her dad when she did that [painting]," Doherty recalled. "She said, 'Dad, I'm with Pete and he's making me draw with my blood!' He didn't like me much, her dad." The piece could fetch between £50,000 and £80,000. The "popularity of these two legends will certainly help drive up the price," auctioneer Edward Rising told The Independent.
Doherty has honed an idiosyncratic technique he calls "arterial splatter," which involves painting with a bloody finger or splashing blood from a syringe. "Blood plays the starring role in my work," said the musician-cum-artist. "Sweat and tears are often waiting in the wings."
Doherty's framed diaries and writing desk will also be on offer, with presale estimates of £9,000 and between £6,000 to £12,000 respectively — rather optimistic guesses since the highest price paid for a work of his at The Cob Gallery's "On Blood" exhibition last February was £7,000. An undisclosed percentage of the auction's proceeds will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
"Pete Doherty Auction," May 11th, 2012, 7pm. The Cob Gallery, London.