Beastie Boys’ Mike D announced today on Instagram that he’ll be auctioning off some of his awards to benefit Good Eats, a program that feeds kids who depend on elementary school lunches during the week on weekends. The iconic rapper explained that he didn’t feel the need to keep the awards around to look at personally, and had been giving them to his mother until she passed away recently.
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Mike D starts out, “This feels a bit weird to post, but at the same time it would feel wrong not giving y’all a heads up.” He wants to give the auction the exposure it needs since the proceeds are going to charity, “I know the shit is pricey and maybe you have none or very little interest. And that’s fine. But all the $ goes to @goodeatsorg – an awesome charity getting food to kids in need in NYC and beyond.”
The awards are being auctioned through Sotheby’s, estimated to go for figures from $1,000-10,000. Mike D is selling RIAA gold and platinum sales awards for Beastie Boys’ albums, BPI gold sales awards for records that performed well in the UK and MTV Video Awards for “Intergalactic” and “Sabotage.” There’s also one non-award, limited edition action figures of Mike D, MCA and Ad Rock as they appeared in the “Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win” music video, directed by Spike Jonze.
Collectors interested can place bids until the auction closes on Friday, January 29, at 2 PM ET. Mike D and Ad Rock aren’t releasing new music as Beastie Boys anymore, but they both featured on Public Enemy’s “Public Enemy Number One” last year.