2 May 2014
Tony Wilson by Stephen Wright photo prints 
Tony Wilson by Stephen Wright

A new photographic portrait of the late great Tony Wilson is available to buy from Stephen Wright. It was taken by Stephen in the dressing room of FAC 51 The Hacienda in 1985 and comes in a limited edition of 500 12"x8" printed with a white border on 10x14" paper. The price is 125.00 GBP and includes a 25.00 GBP donations to Christies Hospital Manchester.

Also still available is the classic "Paean To Wilson" portrait of Tony with Vini Reilly for which the photo dimensions and pricing are the same.

More details and how to buy at smithsphotos.com [->].

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