EMI Auction Raises $940,000 for Japan Relief Efforts

EMI Auction Raises $940,000 for Japan Relief Efforts
As recently reported, a massive eBay auction collecting a number of personal items and memorabilia from a number of artists signed to EMI aimed to raise funds for the relief efforts in Japan. Well, mark this one down as a success: the auction has raised $940,000 U.S. for the Red Cross to help those affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The label reported yesterday (April 26) that the charity auctions, which were launched on April 5, brought in roughly $470,000 from fans across the globe. EMI then matched the contributions.

"What a wonderful result!!" EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon said in a statement. "It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI family, artists, songwriters, friends and staff alike. It has been a privilege for all of us at EMI to have participated in this effort to raise money to help the people of Japan who have suffered so much."

Of the items that were sold, a handbag owned by Jane Birkin went for over $163,000, while a 1987 Ferrari that Daft Punk used in their Electroma film sold for $42,000.

Other items included a jacket worn by Chris Martin onstage during Coldplay's Viva La Vida world tour ($14,060), signed copies of David Bowie's entire catalogue ($10,138), handwritten lyrics by Brian Wilson to "God Only Knows" and a platinum album for the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds ($7,643), an original handmade "ZERO" shirt worn by the Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan ($6,744), an original painting from Iron Maiden ($6,466) and a cupcake trampoline used onstage on Katy Perry's current California Dreams tour ($5,075).

Thanks to Billboard for the tip.