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Celebrity eBay auction raises 120,000 for Haiti

Chris Martin
Martin took part in the Hope for Haiti Now concert in London last month

A celebrity eBay auction has raised more than £120,000 in two weeks for the earthquake victims in Haiti.

The auction was planned by Glastonbury Festival organiser Emily Eavis for Oxfam's rebuilding programme in Haiti.

A Damien Hirst print was the top earner, selling for £12,655, closely followed by a Rolf Harris oil painting, which made £12,607.

A jacket worn by Coldplay's Chris Martin on their Viva La Vida tour and signed by the band fetched £9,600.

'Real shock'

"When we first had the idea of an auction for Haiti I never imagined we would raise so much. This should really help to rebuild some of what was lost," said Eavis.

Other items up for sale included a song written especially for the highest bidder by Damon Albarn, VIP tickets to Glastonbury and the chance to have the Magic Numbers playing in your garden.

Eavis previously visited Haiti in 2002 with Chris Martin and Oxfam, when it was already the poorest country in the western hemisphere.

"It was a life changing trip as I'd never witnessed poverty on that scale before and it had a huge impact. It was a real shock and I suppose this obviously made things a lot worse," she said.



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