Julien’s Auctions, famous for its music events, is organizing another auction on September 9, 2020. This time, all the proceeds will go to MusiCares Relief Fund. As New Musical Express, NME notes, it comes after MusiCares teamed up with the Recording Academy to support artists suffering financially from the effects of coronavirus.
Julien’s Auctions president Darren Julien said in a statement: “In this new world of social distancing and isolation, music and the arts has brought us together and given us hope and salvation from the despair and loss that we’ve all felt these last months.”
“We thank Bill Wyman for his generous offering and are calling on all artists from film, music, sports, fashion and more to look into their closets and archives and donate an iconic item or two to this urgent initiative.”
The former Rolling Stones bass player isn’t the only one donating; among those who have contributed items for this auction so far are Billie Eilish, Robert Plant, Brandon Flowers, Cher, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Barbra Streisand, Depeche Mode, Blake Shelton, and others. The exact nature of items on offer is yet to be revealed.
In related news, another of Julien’s music auctions just broke another record. With the auction held on June 20, 2020, as Rolling Stone reports, Kurt Cobain’s guitar from Nirvana’s iconic MTV Unplugged performance sold at auction Saturday for a record $6 million. The previous record was $3.95 million for a Black Stratocaster owned by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
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