Yoshiki Foundation America Launches Celebrity Auction to Further Aid Japan

LOS ANGELES, CA - (WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2011) ­ The Clint Eastwood ³35 Films 35 Years² DVD collection autographed by the legend himself, an ³Amazing Spiderman² comic book signed by Stan Lee, and a Johnny Depp signed T-shirt are just some of the gems that will be auctioned off over the next several weeks to raise money for Japan Relief. The celebrity auction, adding new items on a weekly basis, starts May16.

Other items going up for auction include:
· a Red Hot Chili Peppers MTV Europe Award belonging to Anthony Kiedis

· Al Jourgensen¹s one-of-a-kind Ibenez mandolin that was used on Ministry¹s 2003, 2004 and 2005 world tours

· Autographed guitars from Anthrax¹s Scott Ian and Limp Bizkit¹s Wes Borland

· Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon and James Franco signed t-shirts

· Front row tickets to a ³Chelsea Handler Live² taping

· A limited-edition signed artwork print of Marilyn Manson¹s Lest We Forget album

· Two tickets and a meet¹n¹greet to any 30 Seconds to Mars show on the band¹s 2011 tour

· Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi autographed Yoshikitty iPod Touch case

³I am so grateful to everyone who has donated these very special items for this auction, including some of the members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,² said Yoshiki, whose Yoshiki Foundation America is spearheading the celebrity auction in conjunction with Yahoo! Japan, and will funnel all proceeds raised to the Japanese Red Cross. ³There are nearly 140,000 people who are still living in shelters,² he continued, ³so much needs to be done to help the Japanese people return to their normal lives. What we raise from this auction will help the victims.²

Log onto http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org/?page_id=1252 to check out all of the items to be auctioned off, and to place a bid.

The Japanese born Yoshiki is leader of the multi-million-selling Japanese rock band, X Japan, and was in Tokyo recording the band¹s first album for global release when the earthquake struck. In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, he was so shocked by the large-scale damage across Japan, he and his X Japan band mates put the March 15 release of their first
U.S. single, ³Jade,² on hold so they could focus their time and energies helping with the recovery.

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