July 7, 2014
There’s nothing like a little star power to raise a lot of money for charity. Check out the top four most expensive celebrity auctions so far this year:
1. Lady Gaga Harpers Bazaar Cover Shoot Wardrobe
Lady Gaga auctioned off the looks from her March Harpers Bazaar cover shoot to benefit the Born This Way Foundation. Among the one-of-a kind items were a Versace jumpsuit covered in crystals, a Phillip Treacy neon green plexiglass headpiece, and the Carolina Herrera custom-designed headpiece and dress Gaga wore on the magazine's cover. She also included three signed copies of the magazine.
In total, Gaga’s wardrobe raised $60,658 for the Born This Way Foundation, making it the highest grossing celebrity auction so far this year.
2. Pharrell's GRAMMY Hat
Remember the huge hat singer Pharrell Williams sported at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards?
Well, on the heels of his GRAMMY’s appearance and album release, Pharrell auctioned off his Vivienne Westwood hat on eBay to benefit his educational non-profit, From One Hand to AnOTHER. The hat was “bought back” by Arby’s for only $44,100.
3. Jimmy Kimmel's Suit of the Loom
Earlier this year, Jimmy Kimmel asked parents to encourage their children to “loom” something for him out of rubber bands. He planned to collect all of these creations and weave them together into a suit he could wear on his late night show, Jimmy Kimmel Live. When the students from Arroyo Elementary School in Tustin, California sent Jimmy their looms, they included a video explaining their own loom project to raise money for their classmate, Super Max Wilford, who is fighting brain cancer.
When Jimmy finally wore his handmade suit on the show, he invited Super Max to join him for a big announcement – he would sell his brand new suit on eBay to benefit the MaxLove Project.
The winners of this auction were Fen and her husband Choon Ng, the inventor and owners of the Rainbow Loom, who paid $40,000 for the suit.
4. Eminem and Casio G-Shock
Eminem auctioned off five rare Casio G-Shock watches that he helped design as well as ticket packages for his sold out Monster Tour with Rihanna to benefit Focus: HOPE, a Detroit charity that provides education, job training, food, and community programs for city residents in need.
The Eminem auction raised $24,609 for Focus: HOPE. Not too bad!