Troubled muso Pete Doherty.
Troubled muso Pete Doherty.

Pete Doherty to sell off cigarette butts smoked by celebs

A YEAR and a half ago Pete Doherty tried to pass off a collection of rubbish accumulated at his Wiltshire mansion as art.

But now it seems the Libertine is going for a more direct route to fund his existence in Paris (where he is reportedly sharing a flat with Home Alone's Macaulay Culkin) by selling off fag butts smoked by his famous acquaintances.

The rocker has revealed he is planning to set up a stall in Camden Market purveying rock 'n' roll memorabilia ("all kinds of sh*t, basically") that includes the fag ends smoked by former girlfriend Kate Moss and his late friend "Back to Black" singer Amy Winehouse.

Discussing his money-making scheme with the NME, Doherty said: "I've got fag butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that [former Coventry City goalkeeper] Steve Ogrizovic sent to the guy from Black Sabbath."

Having previously convinced a Camden gallery to "curate" a selection of "curiosities" salvaged from the mansion he used to rent from Lord Cardigan, Doherty is evidently trying to find other means to capitalise on his assets.

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Speaking to the The Independent 18 months ago Doherty described the piles of "silks, bones, leathers, skulls, palettes - what's that thing you put canvases on? - oh yeah, easels, frames, boots, laces, wigs, mannequins..."that he has accumulated over the years.

Three months after his exhibition at the Cob gallery (where paintings made from Doherty's blood were on sale), the Babyshambles frontman auctioned off a selection of "prized possessions" including his "his private diaries, military jackets from the band's glory days, guitars and a selection of personal trinkets".

Doherty is planning a headline UK tour with the Babyshambles from September when the band's new record is due for release.

Describing the album, which has been three years in the making, Doherty said: "It's a strong record. Stephen Street has pulled it out of the bag, I think. And there's a special guest on one of the songs.

"We're not saying who it is yet, but you'll like it."

The "What A Waster" singer, whose career has been marred by drug addictions and brief spells in prison, was ejected from The Libertines, at the height of their success, by his one-time best friend Carl Barât, in 2003.

Doherty went on to front Babyshambles and also produced a solo record called Grace/Wastelands in 2009. In 2010 a reformed Libertines played a series of shows including the Reading and Leeds Festivals.