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Paul McCartney donates Linda photo to Davy Jones animal rescue auction

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A picture taken by Linda McCartney and donated by Paul McCartney is among the items to be sold at an upcoming auction sponsored by The Davy Jones Equine Memorial Foundation (DJEMF), the group announced May 1. The sale, which will feature art and collectibles, begins May 19 and will run for a week.

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McCartney has donated an equine photo taken by his late wife, Linda, who was an animal rights activist. Jones was also an animal lover and worked to rescue abused horses or those headed for the slaughterhouse. The DJEMF, which was founded by his four daughters, provides sanctuary for rescued and retired thoroughbred racehorses

Others donating to the sale include rock photographers Nurit Wilde and Henry Diltz, visual artist and photographer Emily Dolenz, actress Julie Newmar, equine photographer Darlene Brushwood, Monkees historian Gary Strobl, painter Anita Pollinger-Jones and artist and costume designer Jennifer McLeod.

“We've had some absolutely amazing pieces donated by wonderful friends,” Jones' daughters said. Several of those who have donated items had close ties to the Monkees. Anita Pollinger-Jones, an artist, was married to Davy Jones from 1981-1996. Emily Dolenz is the daughter of the Monkees' Micky Dolenz. Jennifer McLeod was artist and costume designer for the 1987 and 1988 Monkees tours.

Diltz photographed the Monkees and many others, including Paul and Linda McCartney, during his career. Wilde also photographed the group and appeared in their TV series.

The group was founded in 2012 by the four daughters of former Monkee Davy Jones after his death by a heart attack that same year. It works to protect and care for his herd of former thoroughbreds.

“When Dad passed so unexpectedly, we knew we had to act quickly in order to ensure that his rescue herd was safe,” said daughter Talia Jones Roston in talking about the group's purpose. “Whenever he committed to an animal, it was a commitment for life, and with a passionate group of fans, family, and friends as supporters, my sisters and I have been working hard to live out his philosophy.”

The auction is to raise funds for DJEMF’s work to protect post-career racehorses and raise awareness of thoroughbred and equine wellness issues. The group said the auction will also enable it to begin working toward a goal of providing outreach to special-needs and at-risk communities. More information is available on the DJEMF Facebook page or at the group's website.

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