Dolly Parton auctions off prized crystals to benefit suffering industry workers

'Seeing my country music community suffer due to the pandemic has broken my heart'

September 28, 2020
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Country music stars are banding together to auction off prized possession in an effort to support industry workers struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Christie's Auction house presents, NASHVILLE: An Auction to benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. The online-only charity auction supports frontline workers of the country music industry. From bus drivers and techs, to venue workers and aspiring musicians, the cause aims to provide relief to those in need.

One item up for auction includes Dolly Parton’s Swarovski crystal-studded four-string dulcimer used to play “Jolene” during her 50th Anniversary performance at the Grand Ole Opry in 2019. It’s the first musical instrument ever to appear at a global public auction from the country legend. Parton says the cause is greater than her crystals’ legacy. “Seeing my country music community suffer due to the pandemic has broken my heart,” she said in a statement.

The gold painted, crystal-studded dulcimer offered for auction was used during Dolly Parton’s 50th Anniversary concert at the Grand Ole Opry. According to Christie’s “As the crowd roared, waiting for Dolly to play “Jolene”, she eased onto a stool and put the bedazzled dulcimer across her lap and quipped, ‘I never leave a rhinestone unturned.’”

“It was important to donate the dulcimer that was designed for my 50th Opry Anniversary so we can raise awareness and much needed funds to keep these folks on their feet before we can open the doors to our stages once again.”

Officials for the auction house say Tim McGraw and Trisha Yearwood will contribute to the cause with their personal career possessions.

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