Published Dec 31, 2009Coldplay receive a lot of flack, much of it due to singer Chris Martin's political soap-boxing. Still, you've got to give the band credit. After all, they're not afraid to put their money where their mouth is.
We previously reported that Coldplay would be holding a decade-end clearance sale, holding an auction on eBay and donating the proceeds to charity. The Independent now reports that the sale, which ended today (December 31), raised more than £150,000 (or about $250,000 Canadian).
The auction was made up of old gear and merchandise, including guitars and costumes used on previous tours. Many of the items were signed by the band, and those that weren't included a certificate of authenticity signed by all four members. Big ticket items included Christ Martin's first ever acoustic guitar and the gaudy army jackets worn during the Viva la Vida tour.
The lucky recipient of Coldplay's charitable donation is Kids Company, a charity offering support to inner-city youths.