U.K. musicians net $80,000 for Haiti

Online auctions topped by jacket worn by Chris Martin

LONDON -- An online auction of pop memorabilia from some of Britain's biggest acts has raised around £50,000 ($80,000) so far for survivors of the Haiti earthquake, organizers Oxfam said on Monday.

Among the top lots sold so far is a jacket worn by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin during the "Viva la Vida" tour, which fetched £9,600, and three pairs of VIP tickets to the Glastonbury festival which raised about £7,000 each.

The Fender Stratocaster guitar played by Alex Turner in the Arctic Monkeys' "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" video made £4,600.

The eBay auction total is set to rise significantly, with a Damien Hirst print already bid up to £12,100 and a Rolf Harris oil painting at £7,650.

After fresh donations were offered, including from Kylie Minogue, the sale has been extended to Feb. 7 from Feb. 2

The auction is one of several initiatives by celebrities to raise funds for Haiti.

Last month, MTV hosted a telethon featuring George Clooney and U2's Bono among others, which raised more than $61 million, and the "Hope For Haiti Now" charity album debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart last week.
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