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The BBC's Jane Warr
"The most rewarding thing he has done"
 real 28k

Wednesday, 4 April, 2001, 12:00 GMT 13:00 UK
Robbie's bed for sale
Robbie Williams
Robbie signs away his bed for charity
Robbie Williams fans are being offered the chance to climb into his bed.

The singer has put it up for auction to raise money for charity.

It is one of 44 items he will part with at an auction to be held at Sotheby's in London on 10 April.


The bed has a lot of history. Whoever receives it won't be the first

Robbie Williams
The proceeds - expected to total 100,000 - will go towards his Give It Sum charity.

Administered by Comic Relief, it supports projects in his hometown of Stoke-on-Trent, London children's hospital Great Ormond Street, and Unicef, of which he is an ambassador.

The former Take That singer threw a party to show off his property before it opened for public viewing on Wednesday.

He said: "The bed has a lot of history. Whoever receives it won't be the first.

Robbie Williams
Signed sleeve art goes under the hammer
"It has seen some evenings with me alone by myself watching Sky and CNN."

The bed is expected to fetch at least 2,000.

Other items for sale include a motorised toilet he used on stage and a jet pack from the video for Millennium.

Handwritten lyrics for the song are also available, featuring a mis-spelling of the word with just one "n" throughout.

Bidding for the lyrics to this and No Regrets and Angels could reach as much as 6,000.

But he has launched a last-ditch appeal for a pair of lost pants, which he lost. The pair of tiger underpants were used in the Rock DJ video.

Other items up for grabs include a fibreglass torso used in the Rock DJ video, where Williams rips off his own flesh, and photos from the Sing When You're Winning album, picturing the celebrity baring his bottom.

'Worthwhile'

Fans can bid for smaller lots in an online auction, which runs until 11 April.

Williams said: "I had decided I was going to keep it all and keep it in my house when I had a nice big one to bung it all in.

"But I'm going to raise this money and that makes it all worthwhile."

Sotheby's rock and roll memorabilia specialist Stephen Maycock said: "The auction is quite impressive for a new star. The market is more used to vintage material from the 60s and 70s.

"The costumes are instantly recognisable from his videos and concerts."

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