A Yamaha guitar amplifier used by and autographed by English rock band The Cure is up for auction thanks to Gondwana Choirs. Signed by all five band members, the amp was donated to Gondwana Choirs at the direction of frontman Robert Smith, who wanted to support arts organisations for children. Retailing at $799.99, the Yamaha Line 6 Spider V 120 amplifier is one of five used by the band at its headline performance at VIVID Live earlier this year.
Members of The Cure. Photo © Prudence Upton
Gondwana Choirs will auction the amp on eBAY alongside other coveted items, including two premium tickets to cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s sold-out Sydney Opera House performance in November, valued at $700. The 10-day auction will go live on Tuesday, October 22, with all proceeds going to Gondwana Choirs’ choral music education programs for children.
Made with the support of Yamaha and the Sydney Opera House, The Cure has also donated amplifiers to the Australian Children’s Music Foundation, the Indigenous Literature Foundation, Milk Crate Theatre and Studio A.
Reeves Gabrels and Simon Gallup. Photo © Prudence Upton
Scott Marceau, Artist Relations Manager at Yamaha Guitar Group, described the Gondwana auction as a rare opportunity. “I would say that this [is] maybe one of the only chances you will ever have to own a piece of gear performed on and signed by one of the most musically and culturally important acts of our lifetime. On top of that, these are amplifiers that were used for a special week of shows that were professionally filmed and mark an essential time for the band. Most of us will never be able to own any piece of a band’s equipment that has a bigger significance like this.”
“We’ve been thrilled to be able to work with the charities that were part of this,” he added. “Each has been fantastic in terms of their passion, dedication and attention to making sure these auctions are a success. What’s been amazing to see is Robert Smith’s personal initiative and investment of time to make all of this happen. It’s not very rock ‘n’ roll, but once a band or artist gets to the level of The Cure, they’ve become a big organisation with staff who usually take care of non-musical aspects of their ‘business.’ This wasn’t the case at all here. Robert was directly involved at every level and it was something special to see.”