Real-Time Interactive Technology Allows KISS Fans Worldwide to Bid in Los Angeles Auction|
NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--May 24, 2000-- The Auction Channel, Butterfield's Auctioneers and Greg Manning Auctions, Inc. (NASDAQ:GMAI - news), will join forces on June 24 and 25, 2000 for KISS The Auction - a sale of artifacts from the legendary 1970s rock group, KISS -- at the Paramount Studios' Theater in Los Angeles. KISS fans around the world will be able to compete with live bidders by placing real-time and absentee bids over the Internet at http://www.auctionchannel.com. KISS' final tour, to be concluded in the fall of this year and the dispersal of these objects -- handled, used, abused, trusted and loved by the band and their fans -- marks the end of rock's brashest era.
``Our unique technology will offer KISS fans worldwide an opportunity to purchase a piece of rock history in the comfort of their own living rooms or office space,'' said Ron Chaimowitz, CEO of The Auction Channel. ``Our exciting NetBidLive technology is as revolutionary as the band itself. We are also excited that this auction will expand the excitement of the auction experience to a whole new customer demographic.''
KISS The Auction will feature nearly 1,000 lots, which include original costumes, original played instruments, album covers and items personally owned by band members since the group's inception in 1972. Highlights of the auction are:
Original Tour costumes like Gene Simmons' spiked and studded ensemble from ``The Creatures of the Night'' tour
A custom made set of four, life-sized KISS mannequins 50 original vintage KISS guitars played onstage by Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley throughout the group's three decade career
The original LOVE GUN album cover, oil on canvas painting by Ken Kelly
Handwritten lyric sheets, such as ``Rock and Roll All Nite,'' ``Christine Sixteen,'' and ``Calling Doctor Love''
Catch all the KISS action on The Auction Channel website, http://www.auctionchannel.com.
The Auction Channel will sell illustrated catalogs from KISS The Auction - including both signed and unsigned hard and soft-cover catalogs on its Web site. Collectible sale materials such as photographs and posters will also be made available to site visitors. -- The Auction Channel is pleased to bring you KISS: Immortals, a weekly-animated online series featuring the KISS voices and songs.
KISS: Immortals uses real-time 3-D streaming technology from the Auction Channel's parent company, Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Inc. (AMEX:BDE - news) to give full-screen, full-soundtrack fun. -- The Auction Channel will conduct a chat on their site, http://www.auctionchannel.com, with the infamous Gene Simmons (Demon) before the live auction.
Stay tuned to other events surrounding KISS The Auction, starting with a public preview of the full sale in Los Angeles at Butterfield's Sunset Gallery on June 16-18. Additionally, on June 9, 2000 The CBS Early Morning Show segment, ``The Real Deal with The Auction Channel,'' will highlight the auction and feature a special interview with Gene Simmons.
To register for the KISS The Auction online, visit http://www.butterfields.com/KISS. All bidders must register by 1:00 p.m. (PDT) on June 22 to participate in the auction.
About The Auction Channel
A division of Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Inc., The Auction Channel (http://www.auctionchannel.com) is the foremost interactive television and Internet company offering live coverage of auctions and unique auction related programming. Television viewers and Internet users around the world can watch content broadcast via satellite and cable. The Auction Channel's revolutionary NetBidLive and Interactive Bidding System technology allows participants to use the Internet or their touchtone telephone to place competing bids at the same time as bidders in the actual auction room, while watching the action live from their home televisions or personal computers. The Auction Channel provides services to major auction houses, including Christie's South Kensington, Phillips, Bonhams, Allsop &Co., Brooks and Antiquorum.
About Brilliant Digital Entertainment
Brilliant Digital Entertainment, Inc. (AMEX:BDE - news) is a pioneering content provider and technology developer for the converging Internet and television markets. The company is focused on two principal market segments: (1) The development and distribution of 3-D, digitally animated interactive content, distinguished by its small file sizes, shorter download times and full-screen images, developed using Brilliant's proprietary software; (2) Live Internet and television broadcasts as well as real-time Internet and telephone bidding and e-commerce services, in conjunction with top auction houses through its The Auction Channel subsidiary, More information on Brilliant Digital Entertainment may be found at http://www.multipathmovies.com and on The Auction Channel at http://www.auctionchannel.com.