Rare photos of Live Aid stars to go under the hammer at auction room

PUBLISHED: 08:11 19 December 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 19 December 2018

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet


Five photographs, taken by David Bailey at the Live Aid concert in July 1985, are up for auction by Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet.

Bob Geldof and Paula YatesBob Geldof and Paula Yates

The black and white photographs of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, George Michael, Status Quo, Spandau Ballet and U2, were taken backstage at the charity gig, which raised money to relieve the famine in Ethiopia.

The concert in London was opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

The benefit was organised by Bob, now Sir Bob, Geldof, then the lead singer of Irish rock group Boomtown Rats.

Concerts were held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London and John F Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. That day, other concerts took place across the world, resulting in one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time, watched by 40 per cent of the global population.

Status QuoStatus Quo

Geldof had travelled to Ethiopia in 1984 after hearing reports of the appalling famine crisis that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more.

Shortly after returning to London, he called upon top pop artists to record a charity single to raise money and awareness for the appeal.

The track Do They Know It’s Christmas? - still a regular in the Christmas charts, was written by Geldof and Ultravox singer Midge Ure. It was performed by Band Aid, an ensemble created for that song, which featured Culture Club, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, U2 and Wham!

It was the top-selling single in Britain up to that date, raising more than $10million.

George MichaelGeorge Michael

The public were so affected by the footage of starving children they had seen on television and by Geldof’s appeal that people went into record shops and paid for several copies of the single and took away just one.

The photographs were taken by David Bailey, arguably Britain’s most famous photographer, for a benefit auction hosted by Sotheby’s later that year.

Only three prints of each image were made for the sale. Each is signed by the photographer and the majority are signed on reverse by the subject.

The photographs, valued between £1,000 and £5,000, offered by an undisclosed seller, will go on sale on Tuesday, February 12, in an Out of The Ordinary auction at Sworders Fine Art.

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