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Auction of Megadeth-signed guitar raises Rp 100 million for COVID-19 response

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Jakarta  /  Thu, April 16, 2020  /  05:35 pm
Auction of Megadeth-signed guitar raises Rp 100 million for COVID-19 response

American metal band Megadeth performs at the JogjaROCKarta music festival on October 27, 2018 in Yogyakarta. (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

A guitar signed by four members of American heavy metal band Megadeth was auctioned for Rp 100 million (US$6,363) on Tuesday as part of a fundraising campaign for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owned by music promoter Rajawali Indonesia founder Anas Alimi, the guitar was reportedly won by Megadeth fan Andi Ananda Manggabarani during a live-streamed auction on digital content platform narasi.tv's Instagram account.

"Hopefully, what we did today can be an example of how heavy metal music can initiate something good. [...] You cannot put a value on this, especially since it's for charity," Andi, who desperately wanted the guitar because he was not able to attend the band's JogjaROCKarta concert in Yogyakarta in 2018, said in a statement.

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson helped promote the cause through a video shared by Anas on his Instagram account.

"I'm completely in awe that so many people still want to help others. I'm very proud to be a part of this campaign," said Anas, who previously auctioned another guitar signed by Megadeth members during a fundraiser for victims of the 2018 Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami.

All proceeds from the fundraiser will be donated to a COVID-19 crowdfunding initiative on kitabisa.com. As of Thursday afternoon, the campaign had collected more than Rp 13.2 billion. (wir/kes)

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