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The iconic shirt Robert Smith of The Cure wore at shows in 1989 and 2019 is going up for auction. Proceeds from the sale will go to Oxfam.
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Iconic Robert Smith Shirt Goes to Auction

Mark Falco
Mark Falco

The Cure have announced that they are auctioning a shirt worn by lead singer, Robert Smith, to raise money for charity.

The black shirt will be auctioned at Bonhams next month and pre-auction estimates expect it to sell for between £600 - £800. Proceeds from the sale will go to Oxfam.

The trademark black shirt has almost as much tenacity as the band. First worn on the band's 1989 'Prayer' tour in support of iconic album 'Disintegration', Smith would bring the shirt back 30 years later for a run of 5 shows at the Sydney Opera House.

“I had five of these shirts made in 1989 for the Cure Prayer tour, and wore them at every show,” Smith commented.

“I dug them out, had the tails shortened by a couple of inches and wore them again for the Disintegration shows earlier this year.”

The long sleeve black shirt has been signed and dated by Smith, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of the iconic band.

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The Cure were formed in Crawley in 1976 but show no sign of slowing down. 2018 brought with it a huge 40th-anniversary show at Hyde Park and they would go onto headline Glastonbury in 2019.

Plans are in place to release their 14th album before the end of the year and apparently, there is still enough material for another 2 after that.

When they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, Robert Smith's deadpan nature went viral with the most British of responses.


Robert Smith is no stranger to charity auctions with an artistic postcard he created selling at auction in October to raise money for The anonymous heART project.