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Friday, 26 April, 2002, 13:01 GMT 14:01 UK
'Lara Croft' raids wardrobe for charity
Lara Croft
Lara Croft is backing Unicef
Fans of computer game action star Lara Croft are being offered a one-off chance to copy their heroine's style - by bidding for her trademark outfit.

Bids are now being taken for the green rubber all-in-one vest and military-style shorts worn by model Nell McAndrew to promote the Tomb Raider games.

The sale, opened on internet auction site eBay on Friday, will raise money for UN children's charity Unicef.

Jeremy Heath-Smith, of Derby-based Core Design, the company behind the Tomb Raider series, said: "This outfit is one of the most desired items in computer game history."

Nell McAndrew and her mirror image
Promo model Nell McAndrew doubled as Lara

The costume comes complete with Lara's twin Smith and Wesson automatic replica pistols and leather holsters, her round sunglasses and a certificate of authenticity.

It was worn by Ms McAndrew in 1998 to 1999 on promotional tours to places as far-flung as the Great Wall of China, the deserts of Nevada and the tombs of Egypt.

However, Lara underwent a revamp last month, unveiled by new model Jill de Jong, making the original look even more collectable.

Lara's worldwide fame was boosted last year by the release of a movie based on the original computer games, starring Angelina Jolie.

Lara Croft
Lara Croft in her trademark costume

But the original was developed in 1995 at the Core Design studio.

Mr Heath-Smith added: "We hope it will raise a substantial amount of money for a very worthwhile cause."

Rose Nelson, the regional fundraising manager for Unicef UK, said the money would go towards providing education for the 130 million children worldwide denied schooling - most of them girls.

"Education opens an infinite number of doors for children and it is our hope that all children everywhere can receive their right to a basic education."

Fans now have 10 days to place their bids for the outfit.

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