UK pop sale for Haiti raises $80,000 so far

Mon Feb 1, 2010 11:35am EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - An online auction of pop memorabilia from some of Britain's biggest acts has raised around 50,000 pounds ($80,000) so far for survivors of the Haiti earthquake, organizers Oxfam said on Monday.

Among the top lots sold so far is a jacket worn by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin during the "Viva la Vida" tour, which fetched 9,600 pounds, and three pairs of VIP tickets to the Glastonbury festival which raised around 7,000 pounds each.

The Fender Stratocaster guitar played by Alex Turner in the Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor" video made 4,600 pounds.

The eBay auction total is set to rise significantly, with a Damien Hirst print already bid up to 12,100 pounds and a Rolf Harris oil painting at 7,650 pounds.

After fresh donations were offered, including from Kylie Minogue, the sale has been extended to February 7 from February 2

The auction is one of several initiatives by celebrities to raise funds for Haiti.

Last month, MTV hosted a telethon featuring George Clooney and U2's Bono among others, which raised more than $61 million, and the "Hope For Haiti Now" charity album debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart last week.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Steve Addison)