The people behind the aborted official KISS store KissWorld — a gleaming, 10,000-square-foot building in Melbourne, Australia which was originally envisioned as a place where fans could sit in a mini-theater and watch concert footage of the band belting out arena hits like "Rock 'n' Roll All Nite" and also buy KISS merchandise — have issued the following press release:
"Following our press release of the 20th of June, the KissWorld closure is continuing but it is a long and painful process. It is with a heavy heart that we must announce that under instructions from our bankers, the KissWorld stock is to be auctioned on the 15th of December 2005. The Charles Leski auction house in Melbourne Australia will be staging the auction, which will be accessable to all KISS fans, collectors and investors around the world.
"The auction will include some very rare pieces such as the one-of-a-kind Dave Ashman airbrushed KISS surfboard, (The Purple Rose), Gene's [Simmons] leather jacket signed by all four members, Bruce Kulick's signature guitar, the KissWorld building's eight huge external murals, 'Rock the Nations' signed lithographs and many other rare pieces. This is it so grab your piece of Kisstory before it disappears for good, because good or bad, KissWorld is a part of the KISS journey.
"To view the items being auctioned, obtain the price range and a bidding form; please visit either of the following websites: www.kissworld.net, www.leski.com.au.
"We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those members of staff, the artists and the fans who helped us to get KissWorld off the ground and who stuck by us during the difficult times.
"You wanted the best, you almost had the best, KissWorld!"