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Stars' paintings displayed at Vegas expo

Sept. 13, 2007 at 9:22 PM

LAS VEGAS, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- What is being billed as the largest grouping of celebrity artwork ever exhibited is set to go on public display at Artexpo Las Vegas at the end of the month.

Rare works by Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Ronnie Wood, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Donna Summer, Kenny Rogers and Gordon Parks will be showcased at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Artexpo Las Vegas announced Thursday.

Film icon Tony Curtis is slated to be honored Sept. 29 with Artexpo's first lifetime achievement award.

Created by artist Tom Zotos, the prize is being bestowed upon the "Some Like it Hot" star for his outstanding contribution to the arts.

A veteran of more than 130 films in a screen career that dates back to 1949, Curtis began a second career as a painter in the early 1980s.

"I still make movies, but I'm not that interested anymore," he said in a statement. "I paint all the time."

Jefferson Airplane singer Grace Slick is expected to appear at the expo Sept, 29 and Sept. 30 to sign special dedications and take photos with clients purchasing her art.

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