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Coldplay 'End of Decade Clearout Sale' auctions raise OVER £250,000 ($400,000) for charity


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Coldplay's 'The End of Decade Clearout Sale' auction in which the band are still selling anything from vintage guitars to mud-spattered wellies has so far made more than £150,000 for charity, reports the Independent. The sale still has several hours to run and could rake in a further £50,000, with one of guitarist Jonny Buckland's Telecasters set to sell for in excess of £5,600.


Coldplay decided to sell much of their stage equipment in an "end of decade clearout sale" to raise money for the Kids Company charity and some of the items - including Buckland's guitar - are still to be used on the band's Latin America leg of their Viva La Vida tour starting in February 2010. Other items which have featured in the sale have included frontman Chris Martin's first acoustic guitar which he bought in Exeter and took with him to university in London. His name, "Christopher AJ Martin", is written in Tipp-Ex on the back.


A Yamaha keyboard which had previously been owned by the Thompson Twins and Tindersticks has also been sold, as have the wellies the band wore when they played at Glastonbury in 2000. The military-style outfits worn to promote album Viva La Vida are still on sale with two of them - Chris Martin's jacket and Guy Berryman's jacket attracting bids of more than £4,000.


The sale began before Christmas and ends later today. The band said of the sale: "Over the past ten years we've accumulated a lot of guitars, keyboards, amps, posters, platinum discs and all sorts of nostalgia."


Kids Company helps vulnerable children and young people and currently supports 14,000 youngsters with their "practical and emotional needs". A spokeswoman for the charity said: "The Coldplay auction is deeply significant to us and our ability to provide for the children. We will need to raise another £8m next year to continue our work."


The final figures from the sale will not be known until next week.



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Clearout Sales raises big total

January 1, 2010 9:45 am

Massive final total as End of Decade Clearout Sale ends


Good morning - and happy new year! The End of Decade Clearout Sale of Coldplay memorabilia and instruments reached its conclusion yesterday evening amid some frantic last-minute bidding. We're very pleased to reveal that the final total raised by the auction is an amazing £251,482 (which is roughly €284k / $407k). That included six items which sold for more than £10,000 - including Jonny's beloved Viva guitar, which was the top-priced item, at a whopping £15,000. The money will all go towards Kids Company's incredible work with children and young people in London.


The text messages were flying around last night and it's fair to say that the band are just as excited/grateful/amazed by the enormous total as Kids Company are. A huge thanks to everyone who bid and helped make the Clearout Sale such a success.


Kids Company are currently contacting all the winning bidders with info about payment and delivery costs etc, with dispatch of the items due to begin on Monday (January 4th).





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