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Monday, 5 March, 2001, 16:21 GMT
Hollywood props to raise cash for Aids
Star Wars lightsabre
A Star Wars lightsabre goes under the hammer
Some of the most famous props from Hollywood are set to go under the hammer to raise money for children born with Aids in Africa.

Stars, directors, producers and studios have donated props, costumes and signed memorabilia for the 6 March auction at Sotheby's in New York.

Deckchair seen in the blockbuster Titanic
Deckchair seen in the blockbuster Titanic
It is the brainchild of Irish actor Liam Neeson and Unicef Ireland's executive director Maura Quinn and the hope is it will raise 3.5m for the charity.

Neeson, who played Jedi Knight Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, persuaded director George Lucas to allow a lightsabre to be sold for the first time.

Among the other lots on offer at Movie Action for Children are the Indiana Jones bullwhip, the sword Mel Gibson wielded in Braveheart and sunglasses worn by Bono in the U2 video Beautiful Day.

The bull whip used by Indiana Jones
The bull whip used by Indiana Jones
Boxing gloves from the original Rocky film and a claw used by Tom Cruise in Interview With A Vampire have also been donated.

And if people at the auction get the urge to go to the beach, they bid for deckchair used in Titanic or a surfboard from the movie Blue Juice.

And people will also be able to bid for costumes such as a wedding dress worn by Julia Roberts in The Runaway Bride, a Vanessa Redgrave dress from Isadora Duncan and a jacket worn by Matthew McConaughey in U-571.

One of the dresses worn by Julia Roberts in The Runaway Bride
One of the dresses worn by Julia Roberts in The Runaway Bride
Unicef officials are hoping to draw attention to the plight of Aids sufferers across Africa.

Ms Quinn said it is estimated more than half-a-million children are born with the virus each year and numbers are rising.

She said a $4 (2.70) pill could help to prevent mothers passing on the virus to their unborn children.

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