Collage by Joe Orton’s lover Kenneth Halliwell on its way back to Islington
- Credit: Archant
Islington’s archives team were all smiles after winning their bid to bring home a piece of the borough’s creative history.
A collage created by Kenneth Halliwell, who in 1967 murdered his playwright partner Joe Orton before committing suicide, was won at an auction last week.
The town hall had launched a fundraiser, covered in the Gazette last month, in the hope of raising £20,000 to buy the artwork, but in the end it took just £8,000 to bring it home, with much of it coming from the Arts Fund.
Local history boss Mark Aston said: “It’s great news. It’s always difficult to gauge how much it will go for but it’s good to go with a comfortable wad in your pocket in case you get a Texas oil tycoon bidding for everything.
“We will get our hands on it in a couple of weeks and give it a full inspection. There’s a little bit of wear and tear but it’s in pretty good condition considering it’s over 50 years old and paper based.
You may also want to watch:
“I’ve had a couple of moments of quality time with it already.”
- 1 Islington man charged with murder of shooting victim Taylor Cox
- 2 Doubling of Covid-19 cases in Islington sparks concern
- 3 Rise in London Covid rates, but people aged 25-30 can book vaccine
- 4 Changes made to St Peter's LTN after Packington Estate used as rat run
- 5 Man in hospital with potentially 'life-changing' injuries following stabbing
- 6 The Bridge London Trust chief exec Penny Barratt awarded OBE
- 7 Phone snatcher admits guilt after robberies in Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets
- 8 Islington shooting victim named
- 9 Robert Rinder awarded MBE for his work on Holocaust education
- 10 Increased police presence in Islington after teenager shot in the head