Johnny Depp donates artwork for UK Guardian's 2008 Christmas appeal

Johnny Depp has donated an original portrait of singer-songwriter Patti Smith (a member of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame) to the Guardian (UK) 2008 Christmas appeal. The artwork, painted on a page of the Guardian dated April 30, 2007 (during the filming of Sweeney Todd), will be auctioned to the highest bidder via, and was also featured as part of the Guardian’s Christmas wrapping paper project. To see Johnny’s portrait of Patti Smith, CLICK HERE. The Guardian’s 2008 Christmas Appeal supports their Katine project, in which the newspaper has joined forces with AMREF, Africa’s leading health organization, to transform the lives of 25,000 people who live in the poor and remote sub-county of Katine, in north-east Uganda. For more information on the Katine project, CLICK HERE.

To bid on Johnny Depp’s portrait of Patti Smith, CLICK HERE. Bids will be accepted until 01:00:00 GMT on December 9, 2008. You must be a member of UK Ebay to place a bid; U.S. Ebayers will need to set up a new membership across the pond.

The Zone thanks Emma, In-too-Depp, FANtastic JD and Theresa for information about the Guardian auction and the Katine project. Happy bidding! –Part-Time Poet