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12.10.2022, Words by Billy Ward

Robert Smith's Gorillaz-designed guitar to be auctioned for Brian Eno's climate charity

"The funds raised will be redistributed in full to environmental and climate justice organisations..."

A 1-of-1 guitar designed by the Gorillaz and currently owned by The Cure’s Robert Smith is to be auctioned off this month to raise money for Brian Eno’s EarthPercent charity.

Taking place on October 20 as part of Bonhams Pop X Culture auction at New Bond Street in London, the Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn-designed piece is expected to raise between £5-7,000 to go towards the climate justice organisation.

Claire Tole-Moir of Bonhams said in a statement: “Both Robert Smith and Gorillaz are true innovators and pioneers of new music, and we are thrilled to be able to work with them by offering this unique customised guitar in aid of Brian Eno’s charity EarthPercent.

“To be able to own a one-of-a-kind guitar that is both a piece of art and a piece of music memorabilia is already a rare opportunity, but to be able to support EarthPercent’s ongoing campaign of tackling climate change at the same time, is very special and exciting for collectors and fans alike.”

The customised black-and-white Guild S-200 T-Bird guitar was first used by Smith last summer as part of Gorillaz’ free London show for NHS workers and their families.

“The funds raised will be redistributed in full to environmental and climate justice organisations tackling the planetary emergency,” EarthPercent said about the auction. “Music can play a vital role in positive climate action and support like this, from such important artists (and their fans!), is a wonderful contribution to organisations doing the hard work on the frontline of this crisis.”

Watch the clip below to see Robert Smith using the guitar at Gorillaz’ NHS concert.

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