The story of HMT begins in 2012, when Rod Smallwood invited Alexander Milas on a charity cycle ride with the Truants through the foothills of the Atlas Mountains under Morocco's blistering and unforgiving heat.

At the end of the arduous and rewarding journey, Rod handed Alexander a beer and asked him the question ''How are you planning on getting up to Donington [where the UK's Download festival is held] this year?'' And from that moment the pair founded the Heavy Metal Truants.

Four charity bike rides have taken place since, raising over £330 000 ($430 385) for Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline. Now in its fifth year, the cycle ride consists of an annual, three-day, 164-mile pedal from London to the Download Festival, and it’s open to fans, bands, and industry types alike. A component of these fundraising efforts is the annual Monster Rock Auction, featuring rare memorabilia generously donated by the great and good of the rock and metal industry.

"The Heavy Metal Truants are an extraordinary group of people," says Alexander Milas, "but what's really remarkable is just how supportive the greater musical community has been with such generous and unique donations. We hope you’ll enjoy, bid generously, and please keep checking back as we’ll be adding more in the coming weeks!''

This year, Charity Stars will be hosting the Heavy Metal Truants auction which benefits the aforementioned charities. The lots up for auction include instruments and memorabilia signed by stars of Rock 'n' Roll including Iron Maiden, The Who, Queen, Pink Floyd and more.

The sale is online now and will end on July 27, 2017. Below are just a few highlights. Check out more here.

Meet Metallica with VIP Concert Tickets

Heavy metal giants Metallica are hitting up the road to support their widely-acclaimed new album Hardwired...To Self-Destruct.  The package offers two premium reserved seats and two pre-show meet-and-greet backstage passes. The winning bidder will also receive limited edition tour merchandise as well as a tour of  Metallica's history at the 'Memory Remains' museum, a brand new exhibit featuring band memorabilia, performance wardrobes, instruments, personal effects, and more.

Brian May Signed Red Special Guitar

Brian May and his father Harold started to hand-build an electric guitar in 1963. Brian dreamed of a guitar that would outperform any of the existing commercially made electric guitars, and his father had the technical knowledge and skills to help make the dream come true. Brian played his guitar on every Queen album and in all of Queen’s live shows around the world.
Queen Drum Head and Drumsticks Signed by Roger Taylor

This drum head and drumsticks set has been personally donated and signed by Roger Taylor of rock overlords Queen, this visually appealing and iconic memorabilia combo is an incredible pairing.

A signed Queen drum head and a pair of used and signed drumsticks generously donated by the multi-instrumentalist himself and generously coordinated by Mark Fuller of Karma-Sanctum

About the charities

Nordoff Robbins is the largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people.

The expert care and support of the Teenage Cancer Trust means that teenagers diagnoses with the disease don't have to face cancer alone.

Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they're going through. Whether it's something big or small, our trained counsellors are here to support you. Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night. You can talk to them on the phone, by email or through 1-2-1 counsellor chat.