The xx -- the vaguely goth British band of 20 year-olds writing sparse, furtive pop music -- has exploded in the past year. Now, they're cashing in on success (for Amnesty International, that is) by auctioning off one of their minimalist shtick: one of the X lightboxes used in the band's live set.
In the past year The xx have toured the US and the world in support of their debut album, xx, for which they recently won the esteemed Mercury Prize. Joining the trio on stage at many of these shows were two large, black lightboxes each emblazoned with a simple and large "X."
You can bid on the boxes here (or drop 5 G's on them, if you're so inclined.)
Here's some more information on why you want, need, have to have these lightboxes.
The xx are now making the final preparations for their final (read: last chance to see them play for a very long time!!!) tour after which they head home for some well-deserved r&r before starting work on the follow up to xx. The band have decided rather than let the lightboxes sit in storage they will put them to good use by auctioning them off with all proceeds going to one of the band's favorite charities Amnesty International.
The auction - taking play on Ebay - will commence on Sept 22 (the first date of the band's tour) and it will end October 1. The lightboxes will be sold as-is with scratches, sweat stains and any other accumulated markings of a much-used item that has been around the world.
Click here to see how much of their parents' trust fund some hipster is dropping to grab this gear. The auction ends on October 2.