Beastie Boys, KISS, The Cure and more donate vinyl test pressings for BRIT Trust auction

In the run-up to the BRITs, artists have put many rare records up for The White Label Auction on May 5.

Beastie Boys, KISS, The Cure and more donate vinyl test pressings for BRIT Trust auction
Emily Carter

Super-rare, collectible records by the likes of the Beastie Boys, KISS, The Cure and Def Leppard are set to go up for auction for a very good cause on May 5.

The White Label Auction will sell over 100 test pressings online in aid of The BRIT Trust, ahead of next week's BRIT Awards on May 11. Up for grabs are Beastie Boys' iconic Fight For Your Right, The Who's By Numbers and Who’s Next, Thin Lizzy's Johnny The Fox and Bad Reputation, The Cure's Japanese Whispers (signed by Robert Smith), Dio's Holy Diver and KISS' Off The Soundboard: Tokyo 2001 – among many others.

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“We had hoped to follow up 2019’s first White Label Auction last year but COVID-19 put paid to that," explains A&R Director at UMC, Universal Music UK, Johnny Chandler. "However, with the essential work charities do so badly affected by the pandemic, it feels more important than ever to be supporting The BRIT Trust in this way. It’s wonderful that during lockdown, once again a wide variety of artists and labels have come together to make this second event possible, and we are grateful to all of them for their generous support."

Adds Omega Auctions’ Dan Hampson: "We very much enjoyed hosting an incredibly successful sale in 2019 and we’re excited to be involved again. Strong vinyl and LP sales suggest that the album is a format that music lovers continue to support and we’re pleased to be able to sell some great titles here and to support the excellent work of the BRIT Trust at the same time. We achieved some amazing prices in the last auction and are keen to see whether we can beat the total this time around.”

View the auction and get bidding right here!

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