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Rare U2 photo makes £8,300

Posted on Wednesday, December 15 @ 11:48:51 CET by Macphisto
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(BBC.co.uk) -- A rare early photograph of Irish rockers U2 has sold at auction for almost £8,300.

The picture was taken in 1982 by world-renowned photographer Anton Corbijn, who has since been responsible for numerous U2 album covers.

Dutchman Corbijn has been credited with playing a key role in the development of the band's image.

However, the photograph pre-dates the famous Joshua Tree sessions by almost four years.

It fetched 12,000 euro (£8,284) when it was auctioned in Dublin.

Jane Beattie, head of the fine art department at auctioneers James Adam & Sons, said: "We believe it to be the earliest photo of the band by Corbijn to reach the auction market to date."

Corbijn has snapped legions of rock and roll legends and Hollywood stars including The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, REM and Cameron Diaz.

is photographs have appeared in the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone Magazine and Mojo, as well as dozens of album covers.

The photograph's previous owner, who put it up for auction, was given the photograph by U2's designer Steve Averill.

The auction house said it was delighted with the price.

"It has more than exceeded expectations," said a spokesman.

Wide-brimmed hat

The black and white image shows the four bandmates standing in a field with long grass shoots rising above their heads.

Three of the group members, one of whom is dressed in a check shirt, are looking directly at the camera, while Bono stares to the side with a wide-brimmed black hat perched on his head.

Corbijn first met the band in New Orleans in 1982 and their relationship has strengthened, with the photographer working on their shoot in Lisbon for How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb.

He took the shots which adorn the cover of The Joshua Tree, Rattle & Hum, Achtung Baby, Pop and the All That You Can't Leave Behind albums.

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