[Official Release] KISS, the most iconic band in the history of rock, isnâ€™t just taking the show on the road this summer. Theyâ€™re also taking it to eBay (www.eBay.com) for a ten-day Fatherâ€™s Day Charity Auction, starting May 29 at 4 pm PST. Auction participants can bid on any of the four MINI Countryman vehicles, each autographed by the entire band and custom-painted with the iconic makeup for each band member. All of the proceeds will benefit UNICEF to help children in Japan and other emergency relief efforts worldwide.
â€œHelping others is a gift we can give ourselves, but hereâ€™s a four wheel bonus!â€ said KISS co-founder Paul Stanley. â€œThe KISS MINIâ€™s are the ultimate way to show your KISS Army colors while helping our friends in Japan who have been devastated by the recent earthquake and floods. Weâ€™re asking everyone to open their wallets to help UNICEF raise money for children who are still coping with the effects of these disasters.â€
The custom-painted vehicles are the all-new 2011 MINI Countryman, and feature the iconic makeup and costume association of one KISS member including 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).
All of the MINIs will also be autographed by all four members of KISS (www.KISSonline.com).
â€œThe KISS MINIs are the perfect Fatherâ€™s Day gift for the man who has everything,â€ said KISS co-founder Gene Simmons, â€œBut this ainâ€™t your fatherâ€™s car. Itâ€™s bigger, better and the very best for the man who has the rest. Itâ€™s KISS, baby. The custom-painted MINI Countryman would be the ultimate collectorâ€™s item for a KISS fan or curator of rock band memorabilia, and would be the perfect addition to a car collectorâ€™s garage; plus the new owner will have the satisfaction of knowing theyâ€™ve supported a great cause.â€
â€œMINI has a long history of philanthropic activities as part of our MINI Motoring Hearts program, which is all about giving back to the community,â€ said Jim McDowell, Vice President – MINI USA. â€œThese efforts support that and we are happy to help UNICEF make a difference in these kidsâ€™ lives.â€
The original artwork for all four vehicles was painted by a team of three BMW Group employees, mostly after normal business hours and on weekends. The designs were influenced by each band memberâ€™s iconic makeup, as well as some attributes of their costumes. Each car was taken apart and components were painted individually to ensure proper coverage and a quality finish that will last.
â€œItâ€™s been a lot of hard work, but the team is thrilled to help contribute to this much-needed cause,â€ said Dan Doot, BMW Group Paint and Body Team Leader. â€œWe have a real passion for this type of work.â€
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