St Peter's School and Church, Walworth

St Peter's School and Church, Walworth

Saturday, 17 September 2016

The Tramp

The late Michael Jackson's illustration of Walworth born Charlie Chaplin is up for grabs on the Ebay auction site. The legendary comedy genius was a massive influence on the eccentric American entertainer. Jackson even covered the song 'Smile' the music of which was written by Chaplin for the Modern Times movie.

During a break in the Jackson's touring schedule, a pre-plastic surgery Michael made a trip to East Street in the London Borough of Southwark, the home of Chaplin's birth. A photo-shoot was arranged with Jacko dressed as the Little Tramp character, and a series of photographs were taken in nearby Freemantle Street just south of the Lane.

The signed (but undated) drawing in graphite and charcoal with a hint of pink crayon, also depicts Chaplin's famous tramp. The starting bid is a mere ten thousand dollars, but it has a 'Buy it now' price of $13,100.00 plus postage costs to the UK of £387.00.