QPR star spends �10,000 in Kensal Rise pub

Football player buys Banksy at charity auction

Queens Park Rangers star Joey Barton forked out thousands of pounds for charity in Kensal Green last week.

The Midfielder splashed �6,000 on an original painting by influential street artist Bansky during a lavish auction at The Paradise pub in Kilburn Lane last week.

The Urban Art Auction hosted by renowned artist ‘Inkie’ showcased a range of paintings from a number of urban artists with all proceeds going to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

Shelley Martin-Light, who organised the auction, spoke of the evening’s success and the generous donation from Mr Barton.

She said: “It was a really great evening and all for a very good cause, Joey was such a gentlemen as well and his contributions will be a massive help.”

The 29-year-old spent a total of �10,000 throughout the evening and he was full of praise for the event as well.

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He tweeted the following day: “Always wanted to own something by Banksy and this is a great kid’s charity, so it supports a great cause.”

The event raised �32,000 in total for the charity and Miss Martin-Light was delighted with the outcome.

She said: “We held an event in 2009 and raised around �25,000 so we are all really delighted we managed to raise more this time.”