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Sunday, 17 September, 2000, 21:11 GMT 22:11 UK
Nick beaten to Brother chair
Big Brother furniture
Fans can relive the experience on Big Brother furniture
More than 20,000 Big Brother fans have been bidding for artefacts from the famous house in a live TV auction.

Items up for sale include "Nasty" Nick Bateman's bed and duvet and some of Nichola's art-work.

The purple diary room chair was grabbed by comedian Alan Davies in a head-to-head bidding war with Nick, whose final bid of 30,000 was topped by one penny by the Jonathan Creek star.

Nick
Nick bid hard for the diary chair...
The auction for the hit Channel 4 show will raise money for three charities.

Bidding for the five separate lots took place on Sunday during the 100th edition of Channel 4's programming strand T4.

Viewers were able to place their bids on the show via specially set up phone-lines.

Furniture and art-work

Items going under the hammer were:

  • Lot 1: Two of Nichola's murals, two chicken wire sculptures (by Mel and Craig), the battery for the contestants' mikes and a commentary script.
  • Lot 2: Two sofas from the main living room, two sofa cushions and two tables from the living area.
  • Lot 3: The garden bench, the garden table with four chairs and two deck chairs.
  • Lot 4: Nick's bed, duvet and pillow.
  • Lot 5: The purple diary room chair.

Benefiting from the sale will be children's charity Childline, the homeless charity Centrepoint and Focus E15, a group housing homeless and vulnerable children in East London.

diary room chair
But it goes to Alan Davies' lounge
The charity is based in Stratford, close to the Big Brother House, which is on derelict land behind Three Mills Studios in Bow.

The auction joins a number of spin-offs from the show including video, a book and a computer game.

As for the rest of the house, a Channel 4 spokeswoman said no decison had been made as to its future.

"It'll stay up and guarded for the time being," she said.

She also said no decision had yet been made on commissioning a second Big Brother series.

German viewers are now preparing for a new run of Big Brother on the RTL 2 channel, which starts on Saturday.

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