Music fans and autograph hounds raised thousands of dollars last week in an auction to benefit the Sandy Hook School Support Fund.
The auction was a true collection of “what’s what” from a “who’s who” list of major artists. The more than 100 donated items up for grabs included a drum head used and signed by Rush’s Neil Peart, an acoustic guitar signed by The Eagles, and an autographed One Direction CD. Click here to read more about the auction.
Days later auction organizer and Newtown native Beth Bogdan said she was still sifting through the piles of invoices and winning bids.
“I feel it was very successful, every item had a bid on it and sold,” Bogdan said via email over the weekend. “Many of the artists promoted the auction and the items they donated on their social media sites and the auction went internationally, we had a few winners from overseas.”
Bogdan is a Senior Director of Artist Relations at Republic Records. Many of the items for auction were donated by bands on the label, or from other artists who caught wind of the event and wanted to be involved.
The top grossing item was a Mark Hoppus Signature Bass signed by the members of Blink 182, which sold for a whopping $8,000. Several other guitars netted amounts in the thousands, and a signed Eddie Vedder tour poster pulled in $1,800.
Bogdan said she is still receiving donations from artists, and may organize a similar event in the future, though likely smaller.