Princess Di concert tickets sell out in minutes

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LONDON - Tickets for a pop concert to mark the 10th anniversary of Princess Diana's death sold out in minutes on Wednesday, organizers said.

The concert, organized by Diana's sons Princes Harry and William, will take place at the new Wembley stadium in London next July and feature acts including Elton John, Duran Duran and Pharrell Williams.

"The initial allocation of tickets has now been sold and we hope more tickets will be available at a later date," said a spokeswoman for the princes.

She added that around 22,500 tickets were sold in 20 minutes on Wednesday, and that the capacity for the event was likely to be about 60,000. More tickets may go on sale at a later date via the concert's Web site www.concertfordiana.com.

The face value of tickets is 45 pounds ($89) each, although they attracted bids of up to 500 pounds each on the online auction site www.ebay.co.uk early on Wednesday.

EBay, which has been criticized in the past when tickets to charity concerts have appeared on its site, later promised to remove them as soon as possible "as a mark of respect for the memory of the late Diana".

There is speculation that John may repeat his performance of the modified version of "Candle In the Wind" which he sang at Diana's funeral in 1997. He had vowed he would never play it again unless asked by the princes.

The record went on to become the fastest selling single of all time and the proceeds went to charity.

As well as the concert, there will be a church memorial service for Diana, who died in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.


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