Auction Network to Feature First Live, Interactive Auction

AuctionPublicity.com – Continuing to expand the frontier of television entertainment, Auction Network (www.auctionnetwork.tv) will kick off its first live, interactive auction event on Tuesday, November 20, featuring the sale of rock memorabilia like a guitar sculpture designed for and signed by music legend Sir Paul McCartney and a Depeche Mode-inspired Gibson guitar. Broadcasting from downtown London, Julien’s Auctions’ Gibson GuitarTown London will air exclusively on Auction Network.

The charity auction will be comprised of 62 individual guitars with each Gibson SG guitar and 10-foot fiberglass Les Paul replica guitar sculpture personally signed by a variety of British Rock legends such as Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash, The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood and Depeche Mode. The Gibson guitars and sculptures gained popularity while on public display around Central London between June and September 2007. All proceeds will be split equally among the three benefiting charities: The Prince’s Trust, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy and Teenage Cancer Trust.

Auction Network will broadcast the sale of these pieces of music history from the “indigO2” at the O2 (formally, “the Dome”) in London and offer live, interactive real-time bidding on all items. Auction Network’s special pre- and post-show highlights will include red carpet arrivals and words from the participating visual artists and benefiting charities.

Simultaneous with the live auction, viewers – or virtual auction attendees – can compete from anywhere around the globe to win the coveted auction items. While attendees of the live auction in London raise their paddles to signal a bid, virtual attendees only need to wield a click of the mouse to stay in the running. These live, online bids will be fielded by ringmen who relay the bid to the auctioneer in real time at the auction.

“We know that 16 percent of Internet users are now enjoying online TV programming. The highly interactive nature of our network, combined with our entertaining content, is what makes it truly revolutionary in both the auction and television industries,” said Pam McKissick, CEO of Auction Network. “Now, whether you’re in San Francisco or Paris or Tokyo, you can participate in the thrill of the auction as if you are in the room – or in this case, the magnificence of indigO2.”

Six-String Details

On Tuesday, November 20, Auction Network will host an hour-long pre-show, live from London’s state-of-the-art music venue indigO2 in the O2. Red carpet arrivals, along with interviews with Gibson guitar experts and the charities involved, will kick off at 6:00 p.m. GMT (12:00 p.m. EST), just prior to the live auction at 7:00 p.m. GMT (1:00 p.m. EST). Following the auction, at 8:30 p.m. GMT (2:30 p.m. EST), the network will air a live post-show, recapping the biggest, most exciting sales.

Instructions for registering for the Gibson GuitarTown London auction and previews of all the guitars for sale can be found at www.auctionnetwork.tv.

Up Next

Future live events on Auction Network will include the November 30 and December 1 sale of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s possessions from three of their homes – many of the items recognizable from their hit television show, “The Osbournes.” Again, Julien’s Auctions will conduct the sale, which will be exclusively broadcast on Auction Network.

Regular Lineup

In addition to live shows, Auction Network regularly crosses the globe to capture a broad range of auctions for viewer enjoyment, including million-dollar thoroughbred horses, antique cars, South African rare wines, sports and music memorabilia, and celebrity keepsakes. Launched on October 28 at www.auctionnetwork.tv, Auction Network gives viewers an all-access pass to shows revealing behind-the-scenes auction secrets, profiles of “auction royalty” and other exciting auction personalities, do-it-yourself tips, viewer contests, and interesting tours of the sights and cities where auctions take place.

About Auction Network

Based in Tulsa, Okla., Auction Network is the first 24/7 multimedia network solely dedicated to auction. Auction Network’s executive team, combines strong cable network backgrounds from years at TV Guide Disney, Fox, Liberty Media and CNN with substantial auction experience at the helm of Williams & Williams Worldwide Real Estate Auction (www.williamsauction.com). The network launched on October 28, 2007, at www.auctionnetwork.tv.

About Julien’s Auctions (www.juliensauctions.com)

With expertise specializing in entertainment memorabilia, Julien’s Auctions has quickly established itself as the premier auction house in high-profile celebrity and entertainment auctions. Julien’s presents exciting, professionally managed and extremely successful auctions with full color high quality auction catalogues unlike any other auction company. Previous auctions include the collections of Cher, Madonna, U2, Barbara Streisand, Muhammad Ali, Debbie Reynolds, the estate of Marilyn Monroe and many more. Julien’s Auctions has conducted multiple sales with Gibson Guitar, establishing Julien’s as the premier venue for guitars and rock ‘n’ roll ephemera.

About Gibson Guitar

Gibson is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Gibson’s HD.6X-PRO Digital Guitar represents the biggest advance in electric guitar design in over 70 years. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and headquartered in Nashville since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands now includes Epiphone, Dobro, Maestro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Gibson Baldwin Music Education, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, Baldwin, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, and Wurlitzer. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com

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