Bid 2 Beat AIDS – the auction that presents one-of-a-kind memorabilia created by stars of stage, screen and the music industry – will begin sale on e-Bay at noon EST Dec. 1.
All proceeds from the ten-day auction benefit LIFEbeat, the Music Industry Fights AIDS to support its ongoing nationwide AIDS/HIV programs. Each item comes with a signed certificate of authenticity.
Among the theatrical items up for auction are signed cast recordings from Wicked, Legally Blonde, Spring Awakening, and Avenue Q; Playbills signed by Angela Lansbury, Marsha Mason, Josh Strickland, Michael Cerveris, Ashley Brown, Christine Ebersole and Marian Seldes; theatre posters from Gypsy starring Patti LuPone, as well as Grey Gardens and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Also available will be a set piece from the film "Dreamgirls"; Hairspray items signed by John Waters; a Life Cafe menu signed by the cast of Rent; signed photos from Joan Collins, Shirley Jones, Celeste Holm, Carol Channing, Julie Harris and Julie Newmarr; as well as a 1964 studio cast recording LP of Oklahoma! signed by Florence Henderson and Phyllis Newman.
As part of the offerings, Bid 2 Beat AIDS has created the "Lend-A-Hand to LIFEbeat" card series featuring personal artistic renderings of the hand-tracings of various celebrities, including Rabbit Hole's Cynthia Nixon (illustrating her hand as a bunny), Curtains star David Hyde Pierce (with illustrated "jazz hands"), Fantasia (who dipped her hand in purple paint backstage at The Color Purple), Orfeh (Legally Blonde), Young Frankenstein's Megan Mullally and Sutton Foster (with an impressively drawn Frankenstein finger puppet), Kevin Chamberlin (The Ritz), JoAnne Worley (The Drowsy Chaperone), John O'Hurley (Chicago), Die Mommie Die!'s Charles Busch (with elegantly drawn nails), Tim Gunn ("Project Runway"), The B-52's, Christopher Gorham ("Ugly Betty"), Deborah Gibson, Jerry Mathers and Sinead O'Connor. The theatre-related pieces are simply a fraction of the donated items from such celebrities as Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Joan Rivers, Kathy Griffin, Cher, Prince, Beyonce, Amy Winehouse, Ben Stiller, Aerosmith, Jason Alexander and Ethan Hawke.
For further information and a direct link to the auction, visit www.bid2beataids.com.