[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
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.

Charity bucket auction collapses
03 Oct 03  |  Bristol/Somerset
Warning over bucket auction
02 Oct 03  |  Bristol/Somerset
Water auction frozen by eBay
02 Oct 03  |  Bristol/Somerset
Water auction causes a splash
02 Oct 03  |  Bristol/Somerset
Entrepreneur taps into eBay
01 Oct 03  |  Bristol/Somerset
EBay's dot.com success
24 Jul 03  |  Business


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East | South Asia
UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature | Technology | Health
Have Your Say | In Pictures | Week at a Glance | Country Profiles | In Depth | Programmes
Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific