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Tuesday 29 January 2008 @ 15:47 - GMT

Elton's spectacles, Jerry Lee Lewis's worn jeans, and Britney Spears's book report on Kurt Vonnegut are among rock 'n' roll memorabilia to be auctioned for charity.

Eighty lots will go on sale February 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center to benefit the MusiCares Foundation. The charitable arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which runs the Grammy Awards, is expected to raise $200,000 to $400,000 to help artists struggling with addiction and loss of income.

``This is a cause that really helps people at the ground level,'' said Darren Julien, president of West Hollywood, California-based Julien's Auctions, which is managing the event.

At a press conference yesterday at New York's Hard Rock Cafe, Julien previewed some of the items, which include letters, clothing, handwritten lyrics, signed sheet music, gold records and tour books.

The auction will also feature instruments, including Bob Dylan's signed electric guitar.

As for Elton's contribution, the chartreuse yellow A.J. Morgan sunglasses are expected to fetch between $800 and $1,200.

The sale, scheduled two days before the 50th anniversary of the Grammy Awards, marks the first auction between NARAS and Julien's Auctions.