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Bidding war for Hitchhiker towel
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Towels have alls sorts of uses according to The Guide
Props from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy have been sold for charity - including a "life-saving" towel.

The stripy towel used by Arthur Dent, played by Martin Freeman, in the film eventually sold for 225 in the website charity auction, attracting 29 bidders.

Proceeds will go to Rhino International and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund - both supported by the late Hitchhiker's author Douglas Adams.

Other items included a Vogon tissue box and Zaphod's autograph book.

The book, used by Sam Rockwell's vain anti-hero character, sold for 177 on the eBay auction site.

Useful tool

There was also an incense burner used by Humma Kavula, played by John Malkovich, which sold for 139.

A foam hand used in a Deep Thought crowd scene reached 73.

In Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Adams made towels one of the most useful things to carry, even handy for use in hand-to-hand combat.

The film, which was in the planning stages when Adams died in 2001, has so far topped the box office charts in the UK and US, taking nearly 30m.


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