Monday, 27 September 2021

Celebrity gifts in charity auction

A BENT spoon given to Uri Geller by Michael Jackson is among items in a charity auction which takes place

A BENT spoon given to Uri Geller by Michael Jackson is among items in a charity auction which takes place tomorrow (Saturday).

Jackson gave the spoon to his illusionist friend when Geller renewed his wedding vows at his house in Sonning in front of 130 celebrity guests in 2001.

Now Geller has donated it to the auction at the Flowing Spring pub in Playhatch.

He has written on the spoon “7 March, 2001 M. J. gave me this spoon. Uri Geller” and it will be sold with a photograph of the two men.

The auction is in aid of Thames Hospice, which is based in Windsor.

Landlords Nick Willson and Hazel Lucas chose to support the charity because Ms Lucas’s late aunt, June Green, and her husband Roland, helped set up the hospice in the Eighties.

Mrs Green was cared for at the hospice before she passed away.

“The care she received was second to none,” said Mr Willson. “The charity relies on donations to fund 80 per cent of its work and we want to play our part. We hope to raise thousands of pounds as a thank-you for their brilliant and tireless work.”

Among the other 70-plus lots are a drum skin signed by Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, who lives in Shiplake, a framed piece of red carpet from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding at Westminster Abbey in 2011 and the first canvas print of Kate Bush’s Fish People.

There is also an AC/DC hockey shirt signed by singer Brian Johnson, an England rugby shirt signed by the 2011/12 squad, a signed Richard Wilson photo, a signed photo of Ian Botham playing in the 1981 Ashes, a Thunderbirds postcard signed by the late Gerry Anderson and a Rolling Stones single signed by Ronnie Wood.

Mr Willson said the couple were astounded by the generosity of customers and local celebrities who had contributed items to the auction.

The auction will be held in a marquee at the pub from 7pm and hot food and pre-auction drinks will be served from 5pm. The food will cost £5 with all proceeds going to the charity.

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