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Mini Auctions KISS Countryman Models for Charity

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author photo by Autotrader May 2011

Some music fans buy a signed guitar from their favorite artists. Others get drumsticks, concert posters, or t-shirts. But how about a car? Starting Sunday, KISS fans have the opportunity to bid on four Minis customized to represent each band member – and all the proceeds go to a great cause.

Originally featured live on stage with KISS during last month's New York Auto Show, the four Mini Countryman models each reflect a different persona: "The Starchild" for guitarist Paul Stanley, "The Catman" for drummer Peter Criss, "The Spaceman" for guitarist Ace Frehley and "The Demon" for legendary front man Gene Simmons. Each Countryman features signatures from all four members of KISS, plus graphics that reflect the corresponding band member's famous makeup, making it the ultimate transportation for a true KISS fan.

Better yet, the lucky KISS fans that end up with the cars will not only get a cool new set of wheels, they'll also be making a charitable donation. Proceeds from the eBay auction – which runs thro ugh Wednesday, June 8 – will go to UNICEF, specifically designated to help children in Japan affected by the March earthquake that rocked the island nation.

"Our hearts go out to the people of Japan in this time of great tragedy," said KISS's Gene Simmons at the show. "We wanted to help and also provide a way for the KISS army to get involved. UNICEF raises money to help children who are still coping with the effects of these disasters and also supports other very important emergency relief efforts around the world."

Fortunately, it looks like the charity will benefit greatly from the auctions. After just one day of availability, each Countryman had crested the $20,000 mark and boasted more than ten bids. Naturally, the Simmons-inspired "Demon"-themed Mini was the most popular, with the "Catman," "Spaceman," and "Starchild" models following in second, third, and fourth respectively.

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