Christie's Is Auctioning Memorabilia from Dolly Parton and Other Country Stars for the ACM COVID-19 Response Fund
From Dolly Parton's Swarovski-crystal bedazzled four-string Appalachian dulcimer (a folk instrument) to Tim McGraw's motorcycle, this Christie's online auction to benefit the ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund has a dizzying array of memorabilia from our favorite country stars. And even if you're not bidding (the starting bid for Parton's dulcimer is $10,000), window shopping “NASHVILLE: An Auction to Benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund"—which kicked off yesterday and runs through October 29—is quite the treat for country music fans.
“Seeing my country music community suffer due to the pandemic has broken my heart," Parton says in Christie's press release. "It was important to donate the dulcimer that was designed for my 50th Opry Anniversary so we can raise awareness and much needed funds to keep these folks on their feet before we can open the doors to our stages once again.”
In addition to the items mentioned above, the auction features Keith Urban’s Hi-9 semi-solid body electric guitar, Sheryl Crow’s vintage Baldoni accordion, Dwight Yoakam’s Epiphone Casino guitar with hard shell case, Taylor Swift's 2018 Gibson acoustic guitar, Miranda Lambert's cowboy boots, and performance wear worn by Reba McEntire, Billy Bob Thornton, Carrie Underwood, and Trisha Yearwood. For guitar fans, it gets even better: There are also signed guitars from Vince Gill, Blake Shelton, and Kenny Chesney, among others, on the virtual auction block. Want to support the cause but not break the bank? For a starting bid of $300, you can be in the running for a Country Music poster signed by filmmaker Ken Burns featuring a photo of Johnny Cash in a promotion for his documentary series.
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Best of all, the purchase of every piece of country music history helps support a worthwhile cause. “We are immensely grateful to the artists in the Nashville community and beyond who have generously donated items for this auction in collaboration with Christie’s. Every winning bid will go towards our COVID-19 Response Fund to support the workers of our Country Music community: the tour bus drivers, aspiring musicians, techs and venue workers—so many of whom have lost their livelihoods overnight during the course of this pandemic," says Lyndsay Cruz, Executive Director, ACM Lifting Lives, in the press release. "So far, the fund has distributed $1.5 million and we are hoping the sale of these iconic items will enable us to support more affected by this crisis.”
Now, if you'll excuse us, we have some measurements to do—we want to be sure the Ken Burns poster fits in that nook in our office we had in mind. Happy bidding and browsing, ladies and gents.