Everybody loves a good pun, no-one more so than Blur drummer Dave Rowntree when he came up with the Star Boot Sale – an idea to raise money for the hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing combat zones in the Middle East.
Rowntree has called on his fellow musicians and famous folk to donate memorabilia and any trinkets they’ve got knocking around to try and help out the refugees, and they’ve responded in spectacular fashion.
The auction is being run in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) who provide much needed emergency assistance to refugees from Syria and across the regions of Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. Blur themselves have worked with a lot of charities in the past including the Teenage Cancer Trust, Coram and The Willow Foundation.
Speaking to The Independent, Dave Rowntree said:
I wanted to do an actual car boot with people selling stuff from behind trestle tables, but November is not the best time for that as many musicians spend the winter months on tour. So, we are hosting the auction [all proceeds to the International Rescue Committee] on eBay from this Thursday until 6 December. I do still hope to do the real thing next spring, though, and people are interested, though I couldn’t possibly name names.
Among the goldmine of merch from the likes of Professor Green, Alt-J and Brian May, you can also pick up a few one-of-a-kind items from the celebs – and this is where it gets interesting.
Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner has donated his gold jacket from the 2014 BRIT Awards, Paul McCartney has donated an Indian style jewellery box, and there are a host of shirts worn by The Clash lead singer Mick Jones up for grabs.
But Rowntree himself is winning the ‘most ridiculous item up for sale’ award with Blur’s ‘The Magic Whip’ ice-cream van, which they used to promo their latest album.
Rowntree says of the van:
Damon [Albarn] bought it and, because we’re not planning any more ice-cream flavoured albums, we don’t have much use for it now. We’re hoping that if it was a collectors’ item before, its value has only increased after sharing the stage with us at our Hyde Park show last summer.