UK music stars hold auction for Oxfam in Haiti

Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:05pm EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys and Damon Albarn are among the British music stars who have contributed to an online auction to raise funds for Oxfam's emergency response to the earthquake in Haiti.

Albarn, former frontman of Blur and co-creator of virtual band Gorillaz, will record a "bespoke" piece of music for the winning bidder, while Coldplay singer Chris Martin's "Viva La Vida" tour jacket -- signed by the band -- is also up for grabs.

Other lots to go on sale on eBay from 0900 GMT on January 22 until 0900 GMT on February 2 include the Fender Stratocaster guitar played by Alex Turner in the Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" video, according to Oxfam.

"The people of Haiti will be desperate for help and assistance. You can make a donation at," Martin said in a statement.

The auction is one of several initiatives by celebrities to raise funds for victims of the earthquake.

Later on Friday MTV will host a telethon featuring George Clooney, U2's Bono and Justin Timberlake among others, and music mogul Simon Cowell has said he will invite stars to sing on a charity record.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Singer Chris Martin of Coldplay performs during a concert as part of their "Viva La Vida" tour in Barcelona September 4, 2009. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino</p>