Placebo have announced details of their “rarities auction”, which is due to launch on 29 September 2017. The proceeds from the auction will be donated to two charities. The first, C.A.L.M (The Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a charity dedicated to the prevention of male suicide in the UK, while the second, The Mercy Centre, is a refuge for underprivileged children in Bangkok, Thailand.
The auction is due to mark the end of Placebo’s 20th-anniversary celebrations and, prior to the auction going live, the band have created an online brochure to display all the items going under the hammer. Included is a vast range of memorabilia including a broken Jazzmaster guitar, the band’s first ever 7” release, French designer suits, signed white-label records, a toy piano, promotional video outfits, hand-sewn underwater costumes and many more.
“There just seemed to be an endless list of stuff we’d gathered since that day it all began in a London tube station two decades ago,” Placebo said in a press statement. “As the big ‘20 Years’ drew nearer, we thought it may be time to sift through it all before the hungry city rats got to it; see what would be worth saving from the proverbial fire. We thought to ourselves that maybe some people would even be interested in owning some of these items. Stranger things have been bought in the past; celebrity locks of hair and royal pairs of underwear have both passed under the auction hammer in recent years.
“So we proceeded to scour our own personal wardrobes, our management office and the band’s own dark and dusty storage space to see what was hiding in cobweb covered corners,” the statement continued. “Guitar pedals that we thought were lost, and posters of gigs that never happened surfaced along with gloriously roughed-up stage gear that we thought had been lost in transit to South America back in 2001. While sifting through the reams of black clothes on the wardrobe rail, out poked little forgotten classics from designers we love and pieces worn during the times we rubbed shoulders with our heroes. The dresses and denim, the leather and PVC. The rare and unseen, the signed and played, the disused pedals and rare releases were all there too. And now they are ready, ready for new homes.”
Placing nostalgia firmly on the shelf, Placebo are presenting what they believe to be their most recognisable items from over the years. The band have painstakingly identified each piece and found photographic evidence of most of them in action.
For more information about what the band refer to as “the most complete Placebo auction one could ever imagine”, fans are encouraged to visit the band’s website, Placebo Online Auction