More Artist Memorabilia Up For Auction For Japan Relief
April 11, 2011 at 10:23 AM (PT)
Artists and songwriters including KATY PERRY, THE BEATLES, DAVID BOWIE, THE BEACH BOYS, IRON MAIDEN, GORILLAZ, STING, DAVID GILMOUR and TINIE TEMPAH have donated exclusive personal items and memorabilia to the second phase of the EMI family’s charity auction to raise funds to help the RED CROSS support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in JAPAN.
The latest round of the charity auction, which is one of the biggest in eBay’s history, kicks off today and closes on April 21st. Items added to the auction today include the 1987 FERRARI 412 as featured in DAFT PUNK’s film ‘ELECTROMA,’ a cupcake trampoline used on stage in KATY PERRY’s current CALIFORNIA Dreams world tour, access to private concert rehearsal by STING, a limited edition ‘Yellow Submarine’ bicycle issued to mark the re-release of THE BEATLES’ famous movie, three framed and signed prints of DAVID GILMOUR taken in GDANSK, and more than 30 albums individually signed by DAVID BOWIE.
Also included in the auction the handwritten lyrics to ‘God Only Knows’ from the BEACH BOYS’ BRIAN WILSON and one of the four original handmade "Zero" shirts worn by the SMASHING PUMPKINS’ BILLY CORGAN for the release and tour of MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS.
"The people of JAPAN are an incredibly strong and proud people, and their love of life and culture has had a profound and positive affect on the way I view my own life," CORGAN said. "There are a million things I wish I could do right now to help soothe the pain and sorrow that so many of our fans and their families are experiencing, and my heart hurts when I think of the losses they have suffered, and are still suffering. I wanted to contribute to this auction to show my gratitude to the Japanese people and offer something that was particularly meaningful to me. I'm also proud of all the other artists who have pitched in to help, as well as my old label EMI for stepping in to organize and also match donations."
All funds raised from the charity auction will be used towards the JAPANESE RED CROSS disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be used for the ongoing provision of immediate relief to support the affected population during their recovery. EMI GROUP has committed to match all funds raised from the auction up to a maximum of one million euros.
The first phase of the charity auction ends on APRIL 15th, with the second phase ending on APRIL 21st. All the items can be viewed at ebay.com/EMIfamily4Japan.