A commemorative program from Michael Gudinski’s state memorial has been listed on eBay sparking outrage among the music legend’s former workers.
The pamphlet, from the music industry icon’s state funeral on March 24, was placed on the auction site last week, attracting a total of 15 offers from seven bidders.
By Sunday night, it had reached $200 as prospective buyers upped their bids for the booklet which came with a memorial certificate inside.
But the sale ignited disgust among former employees of Gudinski’s Mushroom Group empire who flocked to social media to slam the seller.
‘That is just beyond. Disgusting,’ one ex-staffer wrote.
Gudinski, who was widely regarded as the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, died suddenly in his sleep on March 2, at the age of 68
‘People are seriously f***ed. Just so disgraceful and disrespectful. So mad about all of this,’ another said, the Herald Sun reported.
Others blasted the lister’s actions as ‘repulsive’ and ‘gross’, while another woman said people were collecting programs at the end of the memorial.
‘I don’t think some people actually consider the person or their family and friends. If there’s no personal relationship they see a transactional opportunity,’ she said.
The funeral brochure has since been taken off eBay after complaints started appearing online.
The program was shaped like a double vinyl album and featured photos of Gudinski with family, including wife Sue and children Matt and Kate, as well as some of his career merits such as being named Melburnian of the Year.
Other images showed the music icon with friends including Ed Sheeran, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Billy Joel, Molly Meldrum, Madonna, Leonard Cohen, Linda and Vika Bull, Peter Garrett, Jimmy Barnes.
Gudinski, who was widely regarded as the ‘father of the Australian music industry’, died suddenly in his sleep on March 2, at the age of 68.
He was laid to rest at a private funeral on March 10.
Gudinski played an essential role in bringing international artists to Australia and New Zealand since the late 70s.
His state funeral was held at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on March 24, with guests including Ed Sheeran and Kylie.
During the memorial, Ed broke down in tears as he remembered his close friendship with Michael, who organised his record-breaking Australian tour in 2018.
Kylie took to the stage to pay tribute to the man who launched her music career with a rendition of her hit The Loco-Motion.
A commemorative program from his state memorial (pictured) was listed on eBay last week, accruing a top bid of $200, before it was taken down after complaints about the sale appeared on social media
‘So, Michael – The Big G – took this little scrawny girl from Melbourne to the world and back home again,’ she said.
The pint-sized pop star added that her former mentor ‘made me feel 100 feet tall’.
She added that Michael ‘believed in you when you couldn’t believe in yourself’, but said she couldn’t perform by herself.
She then called Ed, who had performed earlier, back to the stage to duet with her and they performed her 2010 single All the Lovers.
‘So Michael had long talked about his love for Ed and how we should meet, and now we finally have met properly,’ she explained.
Meanwhile, pre-recorded tributes poured in from artists around the world, including Elton John, Taylor Swift and Bruce Springsteen.