AC/DC’s Phil Rudd sells his drum kit alongside some rare memorabillia for Breast Cancer

AC/DC’s Phil Rudd is letting go of some rock ‘n’ roll treasures to support his partner, Toni, in her battle with breast cancer

The 69-year-old drummer, originally from New Zealand, decided to part with cherished memorabilia as a sincere response to his “best friend” Toni Wilson’s stage 4 breast cancer battle.

In a candid chat with stuff.co.nz, Rudd expressed a willingness to give up everything if it meant more time for Wilson, describing the auction as his way of coping and contributing.


The upcoming auction will feature a drum kit, a sports car, and rare items amassed during Rudd’s remarkable 48-year journey with AC/DC. Anticipated to hit the market before Christmas, the proceeds from this unique garage sale will go towards supporting breast cancer research.

Rudd’s decision resonated with Ah-Leen Rayner, CEO of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, who warmly applauded the drummer’s generosity for actively contributing to their mission of eliminating breast cancer-related fatalities. Rudd, a seasoned member of AC/DC since 1975, has been an integral part of the band’s major albums, including the iconic “Back In Black.”

Rudd acknowledged the transient nature of success and hit records, emphasizing that, at the end of the day, friends and family are what truly matter.

The drummer’s profound connection to breast cancer, likening it to the pain of losing someone he loves, has prompted him to reflect on life’s priorities.