Autographed K-ON! Guitar Auction Exceeds US$69,800 (Updated)
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
A seller named "Naka6769" placed a K-ON! guitar signed by the anime's voice cast for auction on Yahoo Japan on May 22. As of May 27, the bids reached 5,561,000 yen (about US$69,800) with 307 bids. The guitar is signed by Aki Toyosaki (Yui), Ayana Taketatsu (Azusa), Satomi Satou (Ritsu), Minako Kotobuki (Tsumugi), and Yōko Hikasa (Mio). It also includes a case, Azusa stickers, beginner's manual, and sheet music for Azusa's character song "Jajauma Way to Go."
The guitar was originally awarded as a prize by LAWSON convenience stores for the K-ON!! Christmas Cake campaign from Dec 23 to 25. People who spent a certain amount at LAWSON stores could go online with numbers from their store receipts to see if they won prizes. Prizes included three red six-strings modeled after Azusa's Fender Mustang electric guitar from the television and manga series.
A seller named euf02us opened an auction on another LAWSON signed guitar prize, the Yui-inspired model, last year. The auction had to be closed after a user placed a 9,999,999,999 Yen (US$120 million) "bid."
Bidding for the guitar closes later on Sunday, May 27.
Update: The auction ended with 317 bids and the final closing price of 5,566,000 yen, or nearly US$69,900.
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