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Ian Dury's daughter launches appeal for lost artworks

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Jul 11, 2013 | 9:55am EDT

The daughter of late British rocker Ian Dury has issued a public appeal for the return of her father's lost artworks. The Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick star was a keen artist and an exhibition of his work is about to go on show in London after his daughter Jemima Dury discovered a chest of his paintings in storage while carrying out research for Andy Serkis' 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. However, a number of pieces he created during his time as a student at London's Royal College of Art in the 1960s have never been found by his family, so Jemima has appealed for anyone who owns one of the works to get in touch. She tells the London Evening Standard, "They’re such important examples of pop art and have his character all over them. I feel like he was unnecessarily shy of them... I’m kind of guessing certain pieces are in storage or with people he was at college with. Occasionally he gave people a piece of work." The free exhibition, which launches in London later this month (Jul13), has been paid for by donations taken through crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com and famous fans including Serkis and pop star Robbie Williams have contributed. The show at the Royal College of Art runs from 22 July (13) until 1 September (13). Drury died from cancer in 2000, aged 57.

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