Last month, SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR frontman Corey Taylor took part in a special guitar auction with eBay For Charity to benefit Direct Relief in support of their COVID-19 response efforts. The auction ran through Thursday, May 7 and attracted nearly 800 bids, raising $75,000, which was then matched by eBay For Charity, bringing the total to $150,000.
The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, New York Times best-selling author and actor handpicked 13 guitars from his personal collection and signed them for fans to bid on. Among electric, acoustic, and bass guitars, select highlights included his gold metallic Gibson Memphis Dave Grohl DG-335 #237 of only 400 in perfect condition, a Gold Top Gibson Classic Les Paul, a tan Fender Acoustic, a pearl blue Gibson Dave Grohl Signature #87 out of only 200, a black SDGR Bass, and more. Every guitar came with a case and a certificate of authenticity.
Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide PPE and essential medical items to health workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization's mission spoke directly to Taylor, and he stepped up by giving fans the chance to own a piece of his history for an important initiative.
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