And finally… a famous lot



A pair of stilettos worn by Amy Winehouse and handwritten lyrics by Bono are among the most sought-after items in an auction being run by Island Records to help raise funds for charities during the coronavirus outbreak.

Funds raised by the One Love Covid-19 Relief Auction will go to NHS Charities Together in the UK and Feeding America in the US.

One of the lots on auction is a stay at Blackwell’s five-star hotel, Strawberry Hill, in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains.

Bono has said he will the lyrics to Where the Streets Have No Name for the winner of a signed Joshua Tree box set, while Annie Lennox will handwrite and frame lyrics to Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams

Other stars, such as Beth Gibbons of Portishead, said she will handwrite lyrics of the winner’s choice, while Jon Bon Jovi will write Livin’ On A Prayer and Wanted Dead Or Alive. The late Nick Drake’s sister, Gabrielle, announced that she will write a card to the winner of his complete back catalogue releases.

Folk band Mumford & Sons have listed a one-to-one lesson with a signed banjo in the auction, while Portishead’s Adrian Utley is offering online guitar and synth classes. Other Portishead swag includes a gold disc, and Geoff Barrow’s Technics decks from the time of the band’s landmark debut album, Dummy.

Other artists offering instruments including Shawn Mendes, Ben Howard, OneRepublic and Bombay Bicycle Club, The Guardian reports.

Abbey Road Studios are offering winners a private tour, and street artist Mr Brainwash is giving a print of Bob Marley.

Those donating stage outfits or other items of clothing include Jessie Buckley with clothes worn in the film Wild Rose, plus Sean Paul, Dizzee Rascal, Hozier, Ella Eyre and Catfish & the Bottlemen

The auction is due to take place online from 6pm BST on Thursday 21 May, and will be hosted by Billy Porter

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