GRAMMY Charity Auction Launches Jan. 31

January 30, 2006 -- 3:44 pm PST

Online auction to feature music, entertainment memorabilia with proceeds benefiting GRAMMY Foundation

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The GRAMMY Foundation announced today that the 48th GRAMMY Charity Online Auction, presented by Dr Pepper, will be available at www.ebay.com/grammy from Jan. 31 through Feb. 16, 2006. This unparalleled public sale will offer music and entertainment memorabilia from legendary artists, as well as outstanding VIP experiences. All proceeds raised through this special auction will benefit the GRAMMY Foundation.

Now in itssixth year, the GRAMMY Charity Online Auction is one of the most exciting public events held during GRAMMY Week — a celebration that culminates with the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Feb. 8, 2006. The telecast will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

This year's event features 100 lots including: music memorabilia from such luminaries as Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Anthony Kiedis, B.B. King, LL Cool J, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, and Dwight Yoakam and more; celebrity-signed memorabilia from the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards; a Baldwin grand piano signed by celebrity participants in the 2nd Annual GRAMMY Jam, including George Benson, Jamie Foxx, Herbie Hancock, Randy Jackson, and Olivia Newton-John; luxury, catered 24-person suites at Staples Center for major sporting events including Lakers, Kings, and Clippers games; a "Meet Dr. Phil" VIP experience; a FOX X-Men 3 VIP experience; Rowe Furniture "Musical Chairs" with slipcovers autographed and decorated by Gino Quilico, Gavin Rossdale, Suzanne Vega and celebrity participants in the 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards; the personal, autographed piano that belonged to GRAMMY Award-winning composer Burt Bacharach; and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go onstage with Lynyrd Skynyrd and sing backup vocals on "Sweet Home Alabama."

Go to www.ebay.com/grammy to place a bid on any item in this charity auction or to stay tuned in for information about future GRAMMY Charity Online Auctions held throughout the year.