Gooding & Company has announced that Sheryl Crow will auction her personal 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster in Pebble Beach this August to benefit the community of Joplin, following a devastating tornado that swept through this southwest Missouri city earlier this summer. An exciting opportunity for both car collectors and Sheryl Crow fans, the artist’s classic Mercedes-Benz will be presented for sale without reserve at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction on Sunday, August 21, immediately following the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance . Proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the Joplin Schools Recovery Fund, created by the nationally-recognized Community Foundation of the Ozarks and its Joplin-based affiliate, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, Inc. The Foundation has established a number of charitable funds dedicated to ensuring a long-term recovery for the resilient community, including its severely damaged schools.

 “After the tornado in Joplin I was moved to help rebuild a city so close to where I grew up in Missouri,” says Sheryl Crow. “My hope is that the auction of my 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster will bring in funds to help rebuild the schools in the area.”

“This is a very heartfelt donation to auction an item that has such special meaning to Sheryl and her family,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “We very much appreciate how committed she is to her Missouri roots.”

“We’re honored that Sheryl approached us with this opportunity to auction her Mercedes-Benz to benefit the people of Joplin, Missouri,” says President and founder David Gooding. “Over the years, we’ve sold more than $25 million in collector cars for charity at our Pebble Beach Auctions, which has generated a considerable amount of money for various causes and foundations. We’re delighted to be providing the same platform to Sheryl Crow and hope the excitement of her car generates a sizeable donation for this worthy cause.”

An iconic, grand-touring convertible, the stylish 190SL being offered is white with a white hard top, optional black soft top and sport whitewall tires. Following a comprehensive restoration completed in 2005, the car now has fresh brakes, suspension, a reconditioned Becker Mexico radio with speaker and a new interior of black leather upholstery. Originally acquired by Sheryl Crow in 2005, the 190SL has since become the artist’s and her family’s personal favorite. The 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL has an estimate of $50,000 – $80,000 and will be presented without reserve at Gooding & Company’s Sunday Auction on August 21.

 Gooding & Company’s 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, located at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive. Preview days will start on Wednesday, August 17 continuing through Sunday, August 21. The auctions will commence at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auctions catalogues are available for $100 and admit two to the viewing and the auctions. General admission tickets to the viewing and auctions may be purchased on site for $40. Auctions are broadcast live from Gooding & Company’s website on Bidder registration forms, press credentials and additional auction information are also available on or by calling (310) 899-1960.

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