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Mingering Mike Auctions Custom-Made 45 to Benefit Haiti

upagainstthewall D.C.-based fantasy-soul musician/artist Mingering Mike is is auctioning off a hand-painted cardboard 45 to benefit Doctors Without Borders' relief efforts in Haiti. The auction— which is taking place on the Soul Strut message board (FYI: you have to log in to bid)—will end Thursday, January 28th at midnight.

Here's the details from the auction thread:

The winner of this auction will receive a custom made cardboard 45 (record only, no sleeve) made by the one and only Mingering Mike. The subject matter of the songs will be related to the current situation in Haiti. You specify the name of the artist, Mike will take care of the rest.

An original picture sleeve will apparently be included as well. The high bid is currently $400.

Further details after the jump:

"The whole point of this is to raise money to donate to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti," explains Mike's manager, Dori Hadar. "The subject matter of the songs will be related to Haiti." It should be mentioned that since the record will be made from cardboard, the winner will not be able to listen to those songs. "You can't play it," says Hadar. "I advise against that."

Mingering Mike's 45 is just one of several charity auctions that Soul Strut is currently hosting. You can check out some of the other items—which include several rare funk and soul 45s—under the charity thread "Heatrocks For Haiti."

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