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Dame Judi Dench and Joanna Lumley are among the stars who have today urged Londoners to bid on sections of Sir Peter Blake¡¯s pop artwork Our Fans to raise money for Help the Hungry.

Last Friday, The Independent announced that the giant mural ¡ª draped over the London Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge during its 2017 renovation ¡ª would be cut into 100 sections and auctioned off.

The work, which echoes Sir Peter¡¯s famous 1967 artwork for The Beatles¡¯ Sgt Pepper album, is his largest piece, the size of 38 London buses. Each section features a famous face, including Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg and Sir Paul McCartney, and is signed by Sir Peter, 87.

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Proceeds will go to two beneficiaries, including The Independent's Help The Hungry Now appeal partner The Felix Project.

Today, Ms Lumley said it was an ¡°honour¡± to be part of the fundraising effort. She said: ¡°Double honour ¡ª to be a face in Peter Blake¡¯s awesome collage for the Mandarin and to be a tiny part of helping Help the Hungry. It is a fabulous way of making life worth living.¡±

Dame Judi said: ¡°How wonderful that Peter Blake¡¯s amazing artwork will have a new lease of life for such good causes. I¡¯m very glad that maybe my left eyebrow has gone to good use.¡±

Italian actress Caterina Murino, who also stars in the work, said: ¡°The world is upside down. We fight for our life, we fight for the life of our brothers, and this is the feeling I have when I contemplate Sir Peter Blake¡¯s masterpiece! A hundred stars that reflect the diversity of our world fighting to help Help the Hungry. I can¡¯t be more honoured.¡±

The piece was originally commissioned by London Advertising, whose founder Michael Moszynski said: ¡°We¡¯re looking forward to seeing the final figures raised."

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