Damon Gough splashes out £1,500 on the woolly garment at a star-studded charity auction in Manchester...

BADLY DRAWN BOY has bought his own woolly hat for £1,500 at a charity auction in MANCHESTER, NME.COM can reveal.

As reported on NME.COM yesterday (January 30), Gough’s hat was returned to the Night & Day cafe on Oldham Street in Manchester yesterday afternoon (January 30) by an unnamed blonde women, after being stolen on Saturday night (January 27) while he was drinking in the same cafe.

Last night, the hat was auctioned off at the Lowry art gallery in Salford Quays to raise cash for Kosovan refugees. Gough entered into a bidding war with an undisclosed Manchester man, but emerged triumphant after paying £1,500 to the Cohesion charity to ensure the hat remained with its rightful owner.

Following the auction, Gough performed an acoustic version of his song ‘Stone On The Water’ to the assembled crowd, which included local heroes Elbow, Clint Boon, Alpinestars, Ex-Smiths members Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce and cast members of Hollyoaks and Coronation Street.

Other musical items were auctioned for the charity, including a signed Ian Brown poster, which fetched £100 and a Badly Drawn Boy gold disc for ‘The Hour Of Bewilderbeast’, which raised several hundred pounds.