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Last Updated: Saturday, 11 October, 2003, 10:27 GMT 11:27 UK
Bucket of water sells for 255
A boy carrying a bucket (Pic: Courtesy Oxfam)
Proceeds from the auction will be given to Oxfam
A bucket of water for sale on an internet auction site has raised 255 for charity.

Justin Kelly of Bristol put the water on the internet site eBay as a joke but when bids soared he decided to use the stunt to raise money for Oxfam.

More than 20,000 people visited the site during the seven-day auction which closed on Friday evening.

A total of 33 bids were received for the "fabulous bucket of Bristol tap water".

Bristol Water has said it will top up the fund with 200 towards the cause - the charity's water project in Sudan.

A week ago the bidding reached 1,220 but the auction had to re-start after being mistakenly shut down.

A customer support worker on the eBay site was unaware of the wide publicity surrounding the charity sale and thought it was a hoax.

Mr Kelly, 31, who when the story broke was known only as "juss01" or "Bucketman", said his original intention had been to see if people really would buy anything.




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