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Rolling Stones Keith Richards auctions goods for autistic adults

Diehard Stones fans, you might just get what you want.

Legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards plans to donate some of his possessions for an upcoming fundraiser to help charities which provide support for autistic adults.
While we’d love to get our hands on a piece of the 73-year-old rocker’s memorabilia, sadly there won't be anything from his iconic collection going under the hammer come auction day.
Instead, Richards and his wife Patti Hansen will be donating items from their upper East Side Manhattan apartment, the Stamford Advocate reports.
Stair Galleries, who are handling the auction, say goods up for grabs include Italian, French and English furniture, Persian carpets, paintings, Waterford crystal, and one of the more unusual items: a skull-motif china tea set.
Keith Richards has been married to former model Patti Hansen since 1983. Photo: Getty Images
Proceeds will help raise funds for the Prospector Theatre and SPHERE – two organisations that operate out of Ridgefield, Connecticut that have helped Hansen’s 24-year-old nephew.
The Prospector Theatre – founded three years ago – is a commercially-run cinema which trains and employs adults with disabilities
Mike Santini, director of development at the Prospector said when the organisation learned of the celebrity couple's donation they “were ecstatic.”
Santini told the Stanford Advocate the non-profit is dear to the rocker’s heart and that Richards’ himself had been known to drop by to catch whatever the cinema was showing.
SPHERE offers ground level support to disabled adults, helping with housing, education, recreation and employment.
It’s not the first time both Richards and Hansen have lent their help to charities in Ridgefield since moving to the area in 1994.
The pair has supported other fundraisers, including benefits at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and the Silvermine 90th Anniversary Gala in New Canaan.