Paul McCartney Vinyl Artwork Rejected for Being "Too Unflattering" Up for Charity Auction

London artist Wilfrid Wood, a regular contributor to the Secret 7" project, claims his polymer clay piece was "BANNED" from inclusion by Macca

Photo via @wilfridwoodsculptor on Instagram

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Mar 27, 2024

For all intents and purposes, Paul McCartney knows a thing or two about quote-unquote good art — but that doesn't mean he can't occasionally be wrong. London, UK-based artist Wilfrid Wood is a regular contributor to the War Child-revived Secret 7" project, which raises money for charity through auctioning limited-edition vinyl pressing of songs by iconic musicians paired with exclusive artwork submitted by artists across the world, and apparently his latest submission was banned from use by the former Beatle.

McCartney is among the seven musicians from whom a song each was pressed onto a 7-inch limited to 100 copies, offering limited-edition pressings of "Pipes of Peace," the title track from his fourth solo album released in 1983. Something about Wood's artwork didn't leave Macca feeling peaceful, though: according to the artist, his contribution was "BANNED by Macca and the gang for being TOO UNFLATTERING."

As stumbled upon by the fine folks at Stereogum, Wood has taken matters into his own hands and is auctioning off his painted polymer clay rendering of McCartney on eBay, with all proceeds to likewise support War Child UK. Although the auction was launched last week, as of this writing, there are still about 12 hours left to get your bids in! It currently stands at £829, which is equivalent to about $1,218 CAD.

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