Pairs of boxer shorts donated by pop megastar Ed Sheeran are selling for around £200 apiece in a charity auction run by East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).
EACH Ambassador Ed has handed over nearly 450 garments and accessories including jumpers, trousers, hats, jackets, belts, bags and T-shirts.
The majority are being sold via EACH’s eBay site and a sale of the first 20 items ended on Sunday night, generating £3,500. Five were sold to overseas bidders.
The best seller over the weekend was a Platinum Jubilee Charlie Mackesy T-shirt, which went for £510. A Sunday Funday long sleeve T-shirt sold for £310 and a pair of used socks was snapped up for £155.
Further auctions are ending on Friday (24th November) and Sunday (26th November) and the standout item currently in the spotlight is an Ipswich Town replica top, which has 68 bids and stands at £720.
“It’s been fascinating and we hope the momentum, interest and bidding will rumble on for many more weeks,” said EACH Director of Retail Ian Nicolson.
“To raise around £3,500 from the first 20 items was incredible and there were some eye-catching sales, including the boxer shorts – the subject of such frenzied media interest last week – that all went for around £200. A pair of Ellen DeGeneres ones sold for £257.
“It’s great fun and there are still lots of chances for people to bid on other things, with many more items now online and auctions ending this Friday and Sunday.
“Every pound raised will make a difference and help us continue our vital work supporting families and caring for children across East Anglia.”
EACH went public with its plans to hold the auction last Monday and the media interest was vast, with national TV and newspaper coverage and online stories appearing across the globe, from Seattle, Minnesota and Ohio to Kenya, Nigeria and New Zealand.