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Hendrix Mosaic Fetches £23,000 for Cancer Research UK

The Jimi Hendrix mosaic measures approximately 47 inches by 40 inches and was fashioned out of 5,000 Fender guitar picks.

Leading U.K. mosaic artist Ed Chapman created a unique Jimi Hendrix mosaic out of guitar plectrums that was auctioned off last night during Cancer Research UK’s Sound & Vision event at the iconic Abbey Road Studios.

The image was created from over 5,000 different coloured plectrums from Fender, whose guitars Hendrix was most often seen playing.

“Jimi Hendrix is a guitar maestro and nobody played a Fender guitar like him,” said Chapman, who has earned a reputation of his own for bringing a contemporary twist to an ancient medium. ”I decided to use plectrums to create a portrait of him because I like experimenting with different materials and textures and I think it is a fitting tribute to the musician.”

Although the mosaic was expected to fetch up to 16,000 pounds, the piece actually sold for £23,000; Chapman’s John Lennon piece raised £6,000 at the same event in 2009. The proceeds from the auction will benefit Cancer Research UK, the world’s leading charity dedicated to research into beating cancer. It receives no government funding so events like Sound & Vision are essential in helping to fund its life saving work.

Sound & Vision was headlined by Tom Jones, The Feeling and Eve Selis and hosted by patron BBC Radio 2’s DJ ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Nicky Campbell with Al Murray as MC and auctioneer.

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