Collage by Joe Orton’s lover Kenneth Halliwell on its way back to Islington

The collage by Kenneth Halliwell

The collage by Kenneth Halliwell - Credit: Archant

Islington’s archives team were all smiles after winning their bid to bring home a piece of the borough’s creative history.

Joe Orton, playwright,murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell at their Islington home in 1967.

Joe Orton, playwright,murdered by his lover Kenneth Halliwell at their Islington home in 1967. - Credit: Archant

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.


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“I’ve had a couple of moments of quality time with it already.”

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