Char­ity auc­tions on ebay tap into celebri­ties’ clos­ets

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS -

Not-for-profit health­care or­ga­ni­za­tions with ties to the celebrity world have a new venue for tap­ping into those con­nec­tions: the online rum­mage sale known as ebay.

A new sec­tion of the site, ebay Celebrity (celebrity.ebay.com), was launched Nov. 7 with a slew of well-known and not-so-well-known en­ter­tain­ers of­fer­ing to do­nate cloth­ing, per­sonal ac­cess and other things on be­half of the char­ity of their choice.

Singer Katy Perry was among the first to par­tic­i­pate with a health­care ben­e­fi­ciary in mind, do­nat­ing a dress to ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Red Cross. For good or for bad, the cho­sen item for sale was not the whipped-cream shoot­ing con­trap­tion she wore in a mu­sic video, but maybe that out­fit will be avail­able in a fu­ture auc­tion. In­stead, ac­cord­ing to ebay, Perry’s con­tri­bu­tion is a Todd Thomas­de­signed dress fea­tur­ing a heart-shaped bodice en­crusted with Swarovski crys­tals, and a skirt of cotton-candy pink tulle.

Perry’s dress was at­tract­ing bids in the $8,100 range when it went up Nov. 9.

Mean­while, ac­tress Si­enna Miller—not ex­actly a house­hold name—also chose a health­care or­ga­ni­za­tion and is clean­ing out her closet of what her ebay page says are some of her fa­vorite items, do­nat­ing scads of boots, dresses and other ar­ti­cles of cloth­ing to ben­e­fit the In­ter­na­tional Med­i­cal Corps. One of Miller’s leather coats was go­ing for more than $250 with a week of bid­ding left, while her Top­shop navy and gray leop­ard-print pants were priced at about $4 with the same amount of bid­ding time left.

No, it’s not a teenage dream. You too can own a Katy Perry con­cert cos­tume.

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