Rock veteran Rod Stewart has paid out on a self-portrait painted by his FACES pal RONNIE WOOD - and hung it in his lavatory.

The MAGGIE MAY star purchased one of Wood's murals - which sell for around $57,000 (GBP30,000) each - at THE Rolling Stones guitarist's exhibition at The Gallery in London's exclusive Mayfair area.

The oil-painted faces of other rock stars including Bill Wyman, John Lydon and Jim Morrison are also gracing the walls of the exclusive art venue.

But despite the high price tags and the hype surrounding Wood's portraits, Stewart has decided his cloakroom is the ideal location for his giant image.

Stewart's girlfriend PENNY LANCASTER says, "Rod has already purchased one of Ronnie's paintings of him. It's in Rod's home in LA. We've put it in the toilet. I know that sounds bad but it's not an insult, honestly.

"It's just that people have got time to sit down and contemplate it there."

22/12/2004 13:52