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Billie Eilish's ukelele goes up for sale

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Published on September 2, 2020 - Duration: 01:34s

Billie Eilish's ukelele goes up for sale

Items belonging to some of the music world's biggest stars, including Billie Eilish, Elton John, Robert Plant and U2, are to go under the auctioneer's hammer in Beverly Hills next week to raise money for musicians struggling to made ends meet in the coronavirus pandemic.

Gloria Tso has more.

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Billie Eilish's ukelele goes up for sale

Items belonging to some of the music world's biggest stars -- a jacket signed by Billy Idol and a ukelele belonging to Billie Eilish -- are going up for sale next week to raise money for musicians struggling to make ends meet during the health crisis.

Executive Director of Julien's Auctions Martin Nolan says: "Conservatively, we estimate everything in the range of $200 to 400,000.

We certainly think we should raise over half a million, and our goal would be if we could raise a million dollars, it would be a phenomenal amount of money for the charities." Also up for grabs--a guitar signed by Taylor Swift expected to sell for $3,000 and another signed by Led Zepellin's Robert Plant and Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath, expected to fetch upward of $8,000.

Other standout memorabilia includes a Gucci tracksuit worn by Elton John, glasses belonging to Ozzy Osbourne, and handwritten lyrics to "Love is Bigger Than Anything In Its Way" by Bono from U2.

But it's Eilish's ukelele that's stealing the show: "This is a piece that's getting great attention, it's a Fender ukulele signed by Billie Eilish.

She's a very young artist, but known all over the world and it's incredible to see her already giving back to help out various causes." The sale is held annually by the Recording Academy's MusiCares charity and Julien's Auctions.

But this year's event bears an extra sense of responsibility.

The health crisis has led to the cancellation of thousands of concerts and tours and forced the closure of most music venues, leaving many musicians unable to make a living wage.

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