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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Teacup Used By Lady Gaga Just Once Sells For $75,000 (N11.7 million)


A TEACUP and saucer used only once by
pop diva Lady Gaga sold for more than
$75,000 at auction, the sale’s organiser
said Monday.

The teacup, which bears her lipstick,
autograph and the phrase “We pray for
Japan”, was used by the pop star at a
press conference in Japan, three months
after an earthquake and tsunami hit the
country in March 2011.

With more than 1300 bids, the
weeklong auction finished Sunday with
a top offer of ¥6,011,000, according to
Yahoo Japan, which managed the
charity event.

Payment was required before the
winning bid could be confirmed, it said.
Lady Gaga told reporters at the time that
she would auction the cup, marked with
her lipstick and bearing the Japanese
message “We pray for Japan” along
with the star’s autograph.

All the money raised will be used to help
young Japanese artists who want to
study in the US.

The teacup was one of a number of
items being sold to raise money for
those affected by Japan’s worst
postwar calamity and was the second
most expensive lot, behind a crystal
piano used by a Japanese rock star.

The natural disaster killed some 19,000
people on Japan’s northeastern coast
and sparked the world’s worst nuclear
accident since the 1986 Chernobyl
disaster.

The top-priced item was a Kawai crystal
piano used by Yoshiki of rock band
Japan X, which went for 11,001,000
yen.

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