The fundraising event has been organised by Sheeran’s parents, John and Imogen, to support young people in the family’s home town of Suffolk. Its end date, November 8, coincides with the final day of Ed Sheeran: Made in Suffolk, a long-term exhibition at Ipswich’s Christchurch Mansion.
Among the 240 lots up for auction are 30 LEGO bricks that Sheeran played with as a kid. The winning bidder will also bag a signed A5 photo of the singer posing with a LEGO lion. The current bid at the time of writing is £260, which is a pretty poor price-to-part ratio, but it’s for a good cause.
Proceeds from the auction will aid local charity GeeWizz in redeveloping a playground for kids with disabilities and special educational needs. The £300,000 project will be based at Ipswich’s Thomas Wolsey Ormiston Academy. The rest of the funds will go towards the town’s St. Elizabeth Hospice, which offers support for young people with incurable illnesses.
As well as his childhood LEGO, Sheeran has donated handwritten lyrics and a ticket to his first ever gig. But he’s not the only one who’s contributed to the auction: Kylie Minogue, David Beckham, Usain Bolt and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason have also donated memorabilia.
Head to the auction site to check out the full list, and place your bids. The auction will close on November 8, with staggered times for each lot. Sheeran’s bricks will run until 21:15 GMT, so you’ve got until then to get your bids in.
- I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then.
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