Student to auction off his name to highest bidder

Alan Kerr. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Alan Kerr. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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A STUDENT is auctioning off his surname to the highest bidder – in the name of art.

Alan Kerr, a final year student at Edinburgh College of Art, is offering companies the chance to buy the use of his last name for a whole year.

The 33-year-old will change his surname by deed poll to the name of the company sponsoring him – and said he is open to any offers, no matter how big or small.

The student, who lives in Leith, said: “It’s basically just like the David Beckham sponsorship deal with pants, or like how football teams get sponsorship on their shirts.

“It’s about artists and how artists make money and how – as a young graduating artist – I can make money.

“When you are at art school you realise that people just make things and show them and then they either go in the bin or back to their room. This is an artwork that I can take with me everywhere.”