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Graffiti walls from iconic Dublin recording studio to be auctioned for charity

A piece of Irish musical history will be auctioned off to raise money for the men’s charity.

Pieces of the wall of Windmill Lane studios will be auctioned off for the Movember Foundation.
Pieces of the wall of Windmill Lane studios will be auctioned off for the Movember Foundation. Image by Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation, a charity that raises money for men’s health, will auction pieces of the graffiti from the iconic Windmill Lane wall.

The Windmill Lane recording studios of U2 which have been demolished this week.
The Windmill Lane recording studios of U2 which have been demolished. Image by Niall Carson/PA Wire

Windmill Lane studios in Dublin, known for recording high-profile Irish artists like U2 and Van Morrison, was demolished earlier this year.

Pieces of the wall of Windmill Lane studios will be auctioned off for the Movember Foundation.
Pieces of the wall of Windmill Lane studios will be auctioned off for the Movember Foundation. Image by Movember Foundation

The walls were preserved by redeveloper Hibernia REIT and Movember recovered the fully intact sections and preserved them. They will now be auctioned in pieces, each of which is expected to bring in about €30,000.

Windmill Lane Studios is where U2 recorded its first album Boy, and the studio had hosted acts such as the Rolling Stones.

Pieces of the wall of Windmill Lane studios will be auctioned off for the Movember Foundation.
Pieces of the wall of Windmill Lane studios will be auctioned off for the Movember Foundation. Image by Movember Foundation

The wall had been covered extensively by graffiti for years, and, before it was broken into sections, Movember invited some Irish street artists to add to the existing graffiti.

Movember is the world’s leading men’s health charity, which is well known for its challenge each November, when men are encouraged to grow moustaches and raise funds for charity.

Watch a video documenting the process here.

Read more: U2’s famous Windmill Lane recording studio is demolished

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