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Chris Martin's Visual Art to be Auctioned for Charity

Image courtesy of courtesy Chris Martin via facebook (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of courtesy Chris Martin via facebook (via ABC News Radio)

Between releasing a new video, a new single and planning an entire album,  Chris Martin  still found time to help a charity. The  Coldplay  frontman donated his time and creative juices to help Upbeat, a mental health charity based in the U.K. Martin is part of the organizations' Art in a Box project, where musical and creative artists are given a canvas, paints, brushes and an easel, and told to let loose. 

Chris Martin's painting -- along with those from  Blur 's  Graham Coxon ,  Suggs  from ska-punk band  Madness , and  Ricky Wilson  of the  Kaiser Chiefs , among many others -- are available for online bidding at  Eazl.co.uk . On May 23, the auction will go live in London for final bidding, with phone bidding available for those who cannot attend in person. 

Coldplay's next studio album,  Ghost Stories , is set to drop May 19. All iTunes pre-orders will receive an instant download of the just-released first single, "Magic."

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