ONLINE AUCTION TO BENEFIT ADOPT-A-MINEFIELD 07/10/04October 5, 2004...Paul McCartney, along with Gibson Guitar, announced today that the first Paul McCartney 'Signature 1964 Epiphone Texan' #001, will be auctioned to benefit Adopt-A-Minefield, the landmine clearance and survivor assistance campaign. The guitar, an exact replica of the one McCartney used to write and perform "Yesterday," will be signed and made available to bidders around the globe exclusively at www.charityfolks.com and www.gibson.com . Bidding begins on Wednesday, October 6th at 8:00 A.M. EST and concludes on Wednesday, October 14th at 2:00 P.M. EST.
The online auction will coincide with the much-anticipated Adopt-A-Minefield Los Angeles Gala hosted by Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney on Friday, October 15th at the Century City Plaza Hotel. The event will feature a live auction of the second 'Signature 1964 Epiphone Texan' #002, and will be hosted by late-night host Jay Leno. McCartney and singer/songwriter Neil Young will be brought together for a special performance.
"It's exciting to have my old guitar reproduced by Gibson," said McCartney. "It's exact and what's more it sounds great."
"We are proud and privileged to have worked with Paul McCartney in creating his 1964 Signature Epiphone Texan," said Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar. "The ability to make #001 and #002 available for the Adopt-A-Minefield auction, and the chance to work with Paul, and his wife Heather Mills McCartney to raise funds for such a worthy and humane cause, is especially gratifying."
"It is going to be interesting to see how a priceless item gets priced," said Nahela Hadi, Executive Director of Adopt-A-Minefield. "We're prepared to accommodate the response that this guitar is sure to get and we cannot thank Paul and Gibson enough for their generous contribution."
The guitars being auctioned are part of the first of a run of 40 hand-built Epiphones, which will be produced in the United States by the Gibson Guitar Corp. under the supervision and direction of Sir Paul McCartney himself. They are serial numbers #001 and #002 and will be signed. The guitars celebrate the 40 years since that historic Ed Sullivan performance, for which it was used. They are each hand-aged to duplicate McCartney's Epiphone as it appears today.
The October 15th Adopt-A-Minefield Gala will be hosted by Paul and Heather to raise awareness of the landmine problem, a crisis that affects over one-third of the world's nations. During the first three years, this event has raised over $2.3 million and has attracted the support of celebrities and citizens worldwide.
For tickets and table packages, please contact Levy, Pazanti & Associates at 310-201-5033. For celebrity and press invitations please contact Evelyn Karamanos at 310-205-0618.
Adopt-A-Minefield® is a program of the United Nations Association of the USA in partnership with the United Nations, Ted Turner's Better World Fund, and the U.S. Department of Statement. The Campaign engages individuals, community groups, and businesses in the international effort to resolve the global landmine crisis. Since its launch in 1999, the Campaign has raised over $12 million for mine action, clearing over 18 million square meters of land and helping thousands of landmine survivors.