Aussie rock star Nick Cave has donated a pair of his socks to help a north London music venue survive lockdown. Okay, it might not sound like a huge donation, but goths (and Australian men) are famously reluctant to reveal or part with their socks, the ones in question are made by celebrated Italian fashion house Gucci and – crucially – are unworn with the label still attached, so if you bid for them, you won’t even have to wash them or anything.
Yeah, sorry, central point about all this: Nick’s socks could become YOUR SOCKS. They’re part of an auction to raise money for Trinity, a grassroots music venue in Harrow. Trinity has hosted lots of acts in their formative years, including Kate Nash, Chase & Status, Example, Bastille and Scouting For Girls. When lockdown happened, manager Chris Perdue discovered that the venue did not qualify for any government grants, so he set up a crowdfunder. Chris is a huge Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds fan, and his friends and family also contacted other Cave fans around the world to donate memorabilia and fan art to auction off. A first auction raised more than £4,500 towards keeping Trinity alive.
Nick Cave was also contacted, and duly ponied up a pair of his ‘beloved’ Gucci socks. Not only that, but he handsomely mounted them on a piece of carefully cut out cardboard adorned with the message ‘This pair of sparkly socks officially belong to Nick Cave and are worth a fucking fortune.’ He’s not wrong. A quick check of Gucci.com reveals that their socks come in around the 80 quid mark, so you could be looking at a real bargain here. Oh, actually, the eBay listing is already at 43 bids and £1,221.
Rumours that Blixa Bargeld has donated a pair of his unwashed East German Y-fronts still aren’t confirmed right now. Happy bidding!
The auction runs until 8pm (BST) Thu Jun 11. For details of all the items up for sale, including Nick’s socks, see Trinity Auction House on Facebook. All proceeds will go towards Trinity’s #SaveOurVenues crowdfunder.
Also, help save The George Tavern.