Celeb guitars pull in coin for cancer

Fundraiser raises cash, awareness

HOLLYWOOD — The Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research took over the Hard Rock Cafe at the Beverly Center Tuesday for a fund-raiser/auction of Gibson guitars decorated by musicians and stars.

The event’s origins, said chair Tea Leoni, lie in the org’s having “gotten creative” a few years back in auctioning decorated bras, “and guitars were a natural segue. I want to cure breast cancer before I have to go to Volkswagen and ask for Bugs.”

Guitars done up in everything from a Hawaiian motif (by Bette Midler) to glued-on coins (by U2’s Edge) raised over $100,000.

The Hard Rock bid on a number of items for its own set, though CEO Hamish Dodds said guessing the ultimate worth of the guitars is “a crapshoot. We’ll only know in 20 years’ time.”

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