Yoshiki's Crystal Piano Reaches $1.2 Million Bid!
Tue, 19 Apr 2011 12:27:37
Yoshiki, leader of X Japan, one of the biggest rock bands to ever capture the attention of Japanese music fans, put his "crystal" piano up for auction yesterday afternoon, Sunday, April 17th, to raise money for the Japan Relief Fundraising Auction, in conjunction with Yahoo! Japan. About eight minutes into the auction, the bid shot from $.01 to $42,000, and is currently at more than $1.2 million! Wow! It's amazing to see people come together to raise money for the earthquake-ravaged country via a piece of rock lore.
There are still six days remaining in the auction, so interested parties can still bid.
The custom-made, plexi-glass "Yoshiki Signature Piano by Kawai," has Yoshiki's name engraved on it and was used when Yoshiki's band, X Japan, played their legendary shows at the Tokyo Dome!
The Japanese-born Yoshiki, who lives in Los Angeles, felt the earthquake tremors while in a Tokyo recording studio working on X Japan's first North American album, and was shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan. Yoshiki and his X Japan band mates decided to postpone the March 15th release of their first U.S. single, "Jade," so they could focus their time and energies helping with the recovery.
In addition to the auction of Yoshiki's "crystal" piano, Yoshiki, through his Yoshiki Foundation America, is spearheading a major celebrity auction to benefit the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami. The Foundation has already received items from Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis, comic book legend Stan Lee, Robert Pattinson, James Franco, and Reese Witherspoon.
For more info on the Yoshiki Foundation America, go here.
What have you done to help the people of Japan since the earthquake?