Chris Cornell, Iggy Pop, Elton John Donations Will Benefit MusiCares MAP Fund
Chris Cornell, the late frontman for GRAMMY-winning rock band Soundgarden, donated one of his leather guitar straps just prior to his untimely death in May 2017. Now, thanks to the intriguing Rock LTD Collection, that guitar strap will have a chance to generate money to help support MusiCares' addiction recovery efforts.
The collection is built around one-of-a-kind watches whose leather bands are fashioned from personal items — ranging from guitar straps to leather jackets and pants — once owned by A-list musicians. Other musicians who have donated items to the collection include Dave Grohl, Iggy Pop, Elton John, and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
The collection, which has been offered seven times over the past 12 years, typically includes 25 to 30 watches sold at prices ranging from $1,200 to $1,800 depending on the rarity of the donor leather used to supply the watchband.
However, the watch cut from Cornell's guitar strap will tour several of Nixon's flagship retail locations in New York, London, and Paris, before being auctioned off at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in May 2018. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will benefit MusiCares MAP Fund.