KISS MINI Countryman Auction Raises $129,000 for UNICEF
Some while ago, four of the MINI Countryman vehicles custom-painted and autographed by the rock band KISS went for auction at eBay. This was an attempt to raise charity for the UNICEF relief funds and $129,000 has been raised by this online charity function. After shipping, the funds will be handed over to the UNICEF, to help children in Japan and other humanitarian efforts around the world.
Earlier after the devastating tsunami and earthquake of Japan, the legendary rock band KISS, teamed up with MINI USA to raise funds for the disaster hit Japan. Four new 2011 MINI Countryman vehicles were custom painted and autographed by the band and put up for auction. Each of the cars that went for auction were coated in a paintjob similar to the makeup and costume of one of the band members, co-founder and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley (Starchild), co-founder and bassist Gene Simmons (The Demon), lead guitarist Tommy Thayer (Spaceman) and drummer Eric Singer (Catman).These vehicles were an instant hit amongst collectors and thanks to the band’s fans (The KISS Army), a huge amount of $129,000 was collected.
Jim McDowell, Vice President MINI USA, told that the automaker is proud to be a part of this remarkable initiative and has raised the much needed funds. The auction winners are located in North Carolina, Oregon, and Massachusetts and the vehicles will be delivered to them in the next week.
This attempt does not end with the cars. KISS vehicle wraps based on the design of the auctioned cars are still up for sale and available through MINI USA’s website or local MINI dealerships.