Unseen photographs of Bob Marley during the live recording of his hit No Woman No Cry in the summer

Intimate photos of musician Bob Marley taken during the live recording of his hit No Woman, No Cry have sold for nearly £35,000

A report from The Daily Mail.

  • The black and white pictures were taken by David Crowe, who was in the crowd 
  • The shots show the reggae legend on stage at London’s Lyceum Theatre
  • All 72 photos were sold at Omega Auctions of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside 

Never-before-seen photos of musician Bob Marley taken during the live recording of his seminal hit No Woman, No Cry have sold for almost £35,000.

The black and white snaps were taken from the front of the audience by David Crowe, a member of the Sex Pistols’ entourage who was in the crowd with the band.

Mr Crowe, who has since left the music industry, rediscovered them during a recent house move.

He has now sold the 72 photos with copyright at Omega Auctions of Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside.

Snapped in July 1975, the shots show the reggae legend on stage during his iconic performance at London’s Lyceum Theatre.

The gig was recorded live by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, and went on to be released as the album ‘Live!’.

Marley’s performance of No Woman, No Cry was also released as a single and became the most popular version of the hit.

The performance, which was part of Marley’s Natty Dread Tour, is also widely acknowledged as being the point he transformed into a mainstream favourite.

The black and white snaps of the reggae legend were taken by David Crowe, a member of the Sex Pistols' entourage, who was in the crowd with the band

The black and white snaps of the reggae legend were taken by David Crowe, a member of the Sex Pistols’ entourage, who was in the crowd with the band

The BBC said the concert was ‘almost exactly the point where both roots reggae and Rastafarianism finally entered popular culture’, while Rolling Stone magazine wrote that it ‘elevated him from cult act to international icon’.

The candid photos were bought by an anonymous collector who paid a hammer price of £27,000 for the shots.

That figure rose to a spectacular £34,452 after auction costs.

Paul Fairweather, an auctioneer at Omega, said: ‘The live recording of the song is known throughout the world and considered by many to be one of the greatest tracks ever recorded.

‘These incredible images bring to life the passion and feeling generated in that live performance and are some of the best I have ever seen of Bob Marley & The Wailers.

‘They provide a window for people to see the love and passion that Bob Marley sang this song with back in 1975.

‘Such incredible images of Bob Marley rarely come onto the market especially from such an important period in his musical history.

‘For a fan, collector or commercial entity they will forever hold their value and no doubt also rise in value due to their superb quality and association with No Woman No Cry.’

Mr Crowe rediscovered the pictures during a recent house move. The candid photos were bought by an anonymous collector who paid a hammer price of £27,000 for the shots

Mr Crowe rediscovered the pictures during a recent house move. The candid photos were bought by an anonymous collector who paid a hammer price of £27,000 for the shots

Marley's performance of No Woman, No Cry was also released as a single and became the most popular version of the hit

Marley’s performance of No Woman, No Cry was also released as a single and became the most popular version of the hit

The live recording of No Woman No Cry, performed by Bob Marley, is thought to be one of the greatest tracks ever recorded

The live recording of No Woman No Cry, performed by Bob Marley, is thought to be one of the greatest tracks ever recorded

The black-and-white shots show Marley singing and playing guitar on stage while wearing a t-shirt and unbuttoned shirt.

Just 2,100 people were in the crowd meaning there are very few similar images from the night in existence.

Mr Fairweather added: ‘The photographs are from one of the most iconic musical performances ever captured and offer a glimpse into a rare moment of musical history.

‘The quality of the images is phenomenal.’

Only 2,100 people were in the crowd meaning there are very few similar images from the iconic night

Only 2,100 people were in the crowd meaning there are very few similar images from the iconic night

The performance, which was part of Marley's Natty Dread Tour, is also widely acknowledged as being the point he transformed into a mainstream favourite

The performance, which was part of Marley’s Natty Dread Tour, is also widely acknowledged as being the point he transformed into a mainstream favourite

The candid shots show a glimpse of Marley's passionate performance, back in 1975 

The candid shots show a glimpse of Marley’s passionate performance, back in 1975 

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