Ronnie Wood and Led Zeppelin Pay Tribute To A Good Friend And Music Legend, Ahmet Ertegun

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Ronnie Wood Portrait Of Ahmet Ertegun, and signed by members of Led Zeppelin, To Be Auctioned By Christie's In New York On Nov 24, 2008

A rare tribute portrait of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, painted by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood, will be auctioned by Christie's NY on Nov 24th. The limited edition fine art print is signed by all three surviving members of Led Zeppelin - Robert Plant, Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones - along with drummer Jason Bonham (son of their original drummer John Bonham) and the artist himself Ronnie Wood. Collectively commemorating the band's historic reunion concert at the O2 Arena in London on Dec 10, 2007. Led Zeppelin reformed especially to pay tribute to Ertegun, who passed away in 2006 after an accident back stage at a Rolling Stones concert, with proceeds from the concert donated to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund.
Ronnie Wood, an acclaimed visual artist, created the work - entitled "A Tribute To Ahmet" - specifically in aid of this landmark event. With

Ahmet Ertegun by Ronnie Wood and signed by all of Led Zepplin

both Robert Plant and John Paul Jones recently stating publically that there are no plans for any future reunion concerts by the remaining members of the original Led Zeppelin, the print takes on even more historical importance. During an auction held at the O2 Arena prior to Led Zeppelin's performance, the prints - signed solely by Ronnie Wood - went for $10,000 each. Out of the original limited edition of 100 prints, only 8 have been signed by all members of Led Zeppelin and they have been unavailable until now. The band has agreed to make these rare prints available to benefit the charity.
In advance of the Christie's auction, the Led Zeppelin-signed prints of Ronnie Wood's "A Tribute to Ahmet" are available to be previewed at a number of Ronnie Wood's official galleries around the United States.
Ronnie Wood's "A Tribute To Ahmet" is being sold as part of Christie's Pop Culture: Punk/Rock auction, which will be held at 20 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City on Monday, November 24th. Prior to the auction, items will be on view from November 21-23.
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