On Sunday December 15, 2013 one of Sweden’s most successful rock groups of all time, EUROPE, will celebrate their 30th Anniversary with an exclusive auction of ten customised guitars based on ten of their albums. Proceeds from the sale of the Final Countdown guitar will help charity in the Philippines.
Stockholms Auktionsverk has been accorded the honour of auctioning off ten uniquely airbrushed Gibson/Epiphone guitars personally autographed by all band members, including previous Europe band members Kee Marcello (guitar) and Tony Reno (drums).
Viewing on premises in Magasin 5 (Palermogatan 21-23) Stockholm, as well as online - 28 November – 15 December 2013. Open Monday-Friday 1-5 pm (CET) and Saturday 11am-4pm (CET).
Auction online: Sunday 15th December 2013. Catalogue and bidding: www.stadsauktion.se.
The guitars have been airbrushed by Lazy Joe, and include exclusive adaptations of the artwork from Europe's following albums – Europe (1983), Wings Of Tomorrow (1984), The Final Countdown (1986), Out Of This World (1988), Prisoners In Paradise (1991), Start From The Dark (2004), Secret Society (2006), Almost Unplugged (2008), Last Look At Eden (2009), and Bag of Bones (2012).
Only ten guitars have been especially customized for this once-in-a-lifetime auction to celebrate Europe’s 30 Anniversary in the music business. “We wanted to create something really special to mark our 30th anniversary,” says Europe’s drummer, Ian Haugland.
The proceeds from the sale of the Final Countdown guitar will go to the charity Medicins Sans Frontiers / Läkare utan gränser. “We think they are doing very important and inspiring work giving medical aid in emergency areas around the world, including the charity work in the Philippines,” says Europe’s bass guitarist John Leven.
In 2013, Europe has toured extensively throughout Germany, Spain, Turkey, Japan and Mexico. They conclude their world tour on 14th December in Sandviken, Sweden.
“We believe this is something a Europe fan, a lover of guitars and art would appreciate,” says lead singer, Joey Tempest.