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The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« on: December 11, 2007, 03:21:09 »
 From: thecure.com

Alternative rock band joins the fight to free the West Memphis Three

December 8th, 2007: San Francisco, Calif.— The Cure will be auctioning a customised Schecter RS-1000 acoustic guitar to raise money for the defense fund of three wrongfully-imprisoned Arkansas men. Damien Echols (who is on death row), Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, Jr.—also known as the West Memphis Three (www.wm3.org) —were convicted for murdering three elementary school children in 1994.

This special guitar was not only designed to lead singer and guitarist Robert Smith’s specifications—maple body with spruce top, maple and rosewood neck and specially designed white pearl moon and star inlays—but it was also used in the studio by the musician this year.

The guitar is signed by all four-band members—Robert, Simon Gallup (bass), Jason Cooper (drums), and Porl Thompson (guitar); and features a unique Cure logo drawn by Thompson, who is responsible for the majority of the band’s artwork down the years. It also includes a “Free the West Memphis Three” message written by Smith.

The auction will last for 14 days—from December 11 (Echols’s birthday) to December 25—one day for each year the West Memphis Three have spent behind bars.

The starting bid for the instrument has been set at $999.

“It is my hope that through Skeleton Key Auctions, both funds and awareness will be raised about the travesty perpetrated on these three innocent men,” said Anje Vela, president of Music4Life. “Cases like the West Memphis Three’s are a blemish to our justice system. No innocent man or woman should be left to rot in prison without recourse, just because they lack the financial resources for a fair fight. Skeleton Key Auctions is grateful for bands such as The Cure who have generously donated to this cause.”

For further information about the guitar and to place a bid, log on to www.thecure.com or www.skeletonkeyauctions.com

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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2007, 10:08:13 »
thanks for this information  :rocker

just bought one, but this one is pretty special, and for a worthy cause. :smth023

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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2007, 17:52:07 »
just for interest sake, are there any potential bidders out there? The auction due to start soon.. and there is quite a lot of interest so far!

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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2007, 04:29:14 »
the auction had stared overnite, and bidding is already up to $3,000.00  :smth100
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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2007, 09:25:56 »
I went in and had a look also...its $3,050 at the moment...you would want to ensure you keep your fingers off your mouse pad hey!!?? wouldn't want to accidently click on the bidding bit..
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 Like scatcat asked...anyone placing a bid??
good luck if you are!!  :smth023
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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2007, 18:42:15 »
Thanks for the info and the links DJFreekSh0w :)
I hope someone bits a lot of money for the guitar, because for this reason it would be great.
Haven't heard about the West Memphis Three till now. 
I really hope that the justice will roll up the case and find out that the three man are innocent.
Death penalty is in my opinion the wrong way.

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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2007, 18:45:39 »
yes silversand... if a signed copy of Festival 2005 sold on ebay for over $2,000.00, then this signed guitar should reach much higher!!

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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2007, 21:48:16 »
THE GUYS SERVED 13 YEARS ALREADY!!!
« Last Edit: December 14, 2007, 22:29:49 by dsanchez »
Fatter than Bob, balder than Porl, as sober as Simon, as amusing as Jason

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Re: The Cure Donate Guitar to Aid in Inmate’s Defense
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2007, 13:02:04 »
bidding is up to $3,600.00.

My guess it will raise more than $4,500.00 USD !! ;)

~edit~.. up to $3,850.00..  :smth023.. bit out of range now.. ;)
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