It’s a new practices for celebrities to offer their fans the opportunity for exclusive things– pre- or post-show meetings, photos, dinners, discussions, even little momentos to those willing to pay big bucks for the privilege of getting up close and personal with their favourite singers.
So how about the opportunity to buy a piece of their childhood home?
To celebrate the 16th anniversary of the release of his first album, The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem is making “pieces” of his home available to the highest bidders. To be specific, he’s selling off 700 bricks from the house, featured on the cover of both The Marshall Mathers LP and The Marshall Mathers LP 2, and each one will come with a certificate of authenticity, signed by Eminem. Each brick also will ship with a display stand and plaque, according to Rolling Stone. Further, cassette re-releases of The Marshall Mathers LP will feature a 3D motion-printed cover and dog tags made with reclaimed and repurposed wood collected from the same home.
“The rapper’s childhood home was demolished the same month MMLP2 was released in 2013 after being deemed structurally unsound,” Rolling Stone reports. “Eminem’s team rescued the wood and bricks from this small sale.”
So how much will it cost to buy a special edition release of The Marshall Mathers LP with all these personal goodies?
According to Consequence of Sound, purchasing the re-released Marshall Mathers LP for $350 will get you the dog tags made from the front porch boards; buying the cassette version of the album and a brick from the home comes at the slightly discounted price of $313.
In order to help others growing up in the same environment he did, Eminem is donating a portion of the proceeds from each sale will be given to The Marshall Mathers Foundation, an organization that provides money for groups working with at-risk children in Michigan and across the U.S., Consequence of Sound says.
For a listing of all the special offers up for grabs from Eminem, take a look here.