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Ronnie Wood raises £200,000 for rhinos conservation

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Ronnie Wood has raised £200,000 for rhinos conservation at a wildlife charity auction.

The 71-year-old rock star managed to raise the eye-watering sum during the Tusk Rhino Trail auction at Christie's in London, with the rhino he painted with his two-year-old twins, Alice and Gracie, helping to generate much-needed funds for the cause.

During the bidding process, the Rolling Stones star added: "I'll throw in some VIP Stones tickets, too!"

The auction was also attended by British singer Katherine Jenkins and her six-month-old son, Xander.

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Katherine, 38, revealed that her son is already following in her musical footsteps.

The blonde beauty - who also has a three-year-old daughter called Aaliyah - told the Daily Mail newspaper: "He's already singing. He sings a lot to himself, and both the children are going to be brought up with music so we would like to always encourage that."

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Meanwhile, Ronnie previously insisted that while luck has played a part in his success, he's also always had a good work ethic.

The British rocker is famous for having lived a life of excess, but Ronnie has been diligent about his music career, too.

He said: "I've definitely been in the right place at the right time, with a little bit of manipulation on my part, just kind of pushing everybody out of the way and getting in.

"There was also a lot of work. Even as a teenager, I'd be up into the small hours, practising, getting a little lick on my guitar, figuring out how it went together. You make it look like you stumbled on a sound, but a lot of work has gone into it."

Asked whether he would choose to live his life in exactly the same way, he explained: "I was going to say, 'Without the smoking' ... but when I was growing up, everyone smoked!"

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