The star turns up to see his pants sold to the highest bidder...
[url=]ROBBIE WILLIAMS turned up to a charity auction of his own possessions at SOTHEBY’S in LONDON this morning (April 10), and helped to raise over £100,000.
Wearing a white T-shirt and black suit, Williams got up on the auctioneer’s podium and helped take bids for the final lot, the handwritten lyrics to his hit ‘Angels’, which fetched £27,000. He punched the air as he took the podium and grinned as the bids went higher, and said at the end: “I’m speechless, I’m really touched. The money raised is going to some really good places.” He thanked Sotheby’s, who hosted the auction for free, his mum, everyone who helped organise it and everyone who bid, making special mention of the successful bidder for the ‘Angels’ lyrics for “such a generous bid”. The star went over and hugged the man afterwards.
The buyers have been identified as Steven and Vanessa Gibson, who made the purchase as a present for their three-year-old daughter.
Over 40 lots were auctioned off for Williams‘ own ‘Give It Sum’ charity, in conjunction with Comic Relief. Comedian Lenny Henry, a long-time supporter of Comic Relief, led the normally stuffy auction house audience in Mexican waves. After being asked by the Daily Star newspaper to pose with the tiger pants from his ‘Rock DJ’ video for an extra £2,000 – the newspaper bid a total of £2,200 for them in the end – Williams made reference to his friend Geri Halliwell, joking: “She prefers g-strings anyway.”
Among the items which fetched the highest bids were the handwritten lyrics to ‘Millennium’ and ‘No Regrets’ (£7,000 and £4,800 respectively), his king-sized bed, which reached £13,000, the dual-neck guitar used in the video for ‘Let Me Entertain You’ (£6,500) and the black, all-in-one outfit worn for ‘She’s The One’ (£6,000). The total amount raised has been confirmed as almost £166,000.