Keith Richards, Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell Items at auction

Keith Richards, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell have been announced as contributors to this year’s MusiCares charity auction, which will take place on January 30.

Rolling Stones guitarist Richards has signed a guitar with an eco-friendly NFT in the form of a video confirming his signature is genuine. Beatles icon McCartney donated an autographed bass, while Mitchell – who will be honored as 2022 MusiCares Person of the Year – will present the artist’s proof of his Jimi Hendrix oil painting.

Julien’s Auctions described Richards’ ebony Gibson ES-335 as “a standard unequaled since its first appearance in 1958” and estimated it would sell for $6,000–8,000. McCartney’s Hofner B-Bass Hi Series Violin Bass was estimated between $4,000 and $6,000 and described it as matching the instrument he played “notably at the Apple Rooftop concert and the So be it album recording sessions.

The Hendrix print, signed and framed by Mitchell, was expected to sell for up to $4,000. Julien shared Mitchell’s quote in 2000: “I have always considered myself a painter derailed by circumstances. I sing my pain and I paint my joy. Other auction lots include a guitar signed by the late Tom Petty, Bono’s handwritten lyrics for the U2 song “Your Song Saved My Life”, two original artworks by Kiss member Gene Simmons, a leather signed four times by Ozzy Osbourne and a “special item donated by the Chris Cornell Estate.

Full details will be revealed on Julien’s Auctions website, with the live sale beginning in Beverly Hills at 10am PT on January 30. Bids will also be accepted online. MusiCares, the fundraising arm of the Grammys, said it “provides the music community with a health and human services support system covering a range of needs, including physical and mental health, recovery from addiction, unforeseen personal emergencies and disaster relief”.

Richards’ NFT video is provided in partnership with OneOf, described as “the green NFT platform built for music”. Since the concept became mainstream, concerns have been raised that the process of securing the unique status of items via blockchain technology involves the use of large amounts of energy. OneOf co-founder Adam Fell said, “We are honored to be the platform to hit the first-ever Keith Richards NFT. Keith is music royalty, and we applaud him and his team for championing environmentally friendly blockchain technology that can empower musicians for generations to come.

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