Sanctuary housing IKEA monkey auctioning off Ricky Gervais’ guitar

Ricky Gervais attends the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 20, 2015. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

British actor Ricky Gervais graciously donated an acoustic guitar he used while filming Special Correspondents to a Sunderland, Ont. primate sanctuary, made famous for housing the IKEA monkey.

Gervais, who shot the Netflix original movie in Toronto, gave the signed guitar to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary, which is in turn auctioning it off.

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All proceeds from the auction will go toward building a new enclosure for two incoming primate residents, Cody and Pugsley, who will be new roommates for the IKEA monkey, Darwin. Darwin has been living at the sanctuary for three years after he was found wandering outside a Toronto IKEA in a shearling coat. The court placed him at the sanctuary in order to provide him an optimal environment to live in.

Darwin the monkey is pictured outside an IKEA on Dec. 9, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Handout/Bronwyn Page

The sanctuary helps provide food, care and safe homes for monkeys in need.

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Gervais’ guitar is listed on and Canadians can now bid on it until January 14 at 9 p.m. EST.

In his Twitter bio, Gervais describes himself as an “animal avenger,” and he’s been known to champion causes that support animal welfare and fight animal cruelty.

Gervais is hosting the 73rd Golden Globes on Sunday, Jan. 10.

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