According to Starpulse.com, an auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI‘s family of artists and songwriters — including IRON MAIDEN, MEGADETH and ALICE IN CHAINS — has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The charity auction, which launched on eBay‘s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.
IRON MAIDEN donated an exclusive, limited edition Ed Force One A2 print (signed by the band), two pieces of original IRON MAIDEN Japan 2011 event artwork signed by artist Herve Monjeaud and a set of drumsticks from the band’s “The Final Frontier” world tour used and signed by percussionist Nicko McBrain.
MEGADETH‘s donation to the auction was a guitar signed by frontman Dave Mustaine.
ALICE IN CHAINS donated a signed setlist and 20-piece poster set.