A bent spoon Michael Jackson gave to his illusionist pal Uri Geller as a wedding present has sold at a charity auction for $750 (£500). The Thriller hitmaker served as his friend's best man as Geller renewed his vows to wife Hanna at their home in Berkshire, England in 2001, and the superstar marked the occasion by gifting the groom with the distorted piece of cutlery, a nod to the Israeli magician's famous bent spoon act.
Geller offered up the item to help raise funds for the Thames Hospicecare organisation, which provides help and support for locals in the Berkshire and Oxfordshire area suffering from cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.
A message written on the spoon by Geller reads: "7 March 2001 M.J. gave me this spoon. Uri Geller", and it was snapped up by a lucky bidder when it went under the hammer at The Flowing Spring pub in Oxfordshire on Saturday (31Aug13).
Landlord Nick Willson says, "Michael Jackson's spoon went to a local person, but I reckon it could easily re-sell for much more as it's quite a unique item that has international appeal."
Geller's spoon wasn't the only celebrity draw at the sale - an original canvas print donated by singer Kate Bush went for $180 (£120), while a drum skin autographed by rockers Deep Purple and donated by the band's drummer, Ian Paicey, netted $195 (£130).
An authenticated, framed piece of red carpet from new dad Prince William's 2012 royal wedding to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge even hit three-figures, with the bizarre item selling for $150 (£100).
The auction raised an estimated $9,750 (£6,500) for Thames HospiceCare, reports the BBC.
The Duke and Duchess Of Cambridge have released their first official family portraits with their baby son Prince George, who was born on 22 July (13). The snaps were taken by Catherine's father, Michael Middleton, in the backyard of his family home in Berkshire, England.
Members of the British Royal Family are revered moreover for their inborn celebrity and impressive jawlines. But Prince William has earned our admiration with a recent act of heroism. Before returning home from his recent tour with the Royal Air Force, the Duke of Cambridge reportedly braced an active security threat in order to assist in the delivery of an ailing baby to a hospital in England.
Us Weekly reports that on Dec. 15, Prince William detained his reunion with wife Kate Middleton to perform the described rescue mission. The prince had the sick infant airlifted out of Northern Ireland — in light of an alleged security issue — and transported to medical care in Newcastle upon Tyne, a metropolitan area in North East England.
Prince William has since returned home, and is reported by People to be spending Christmas with Middleton and her family in the West Berkshire town of Bucklebury.
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The Internet has changed Russell Crowe. In the past, the actor has handled altercations by screaming at BAFTA producers, fighting in Japanese restaurants, and throwing phones at hotel employees. But now, Crowe takes his problems out on Twitter.
Yesterday, March 21, Crowe was denied entry to Virgin Active's Royal Berkshire Health & Racquets Club in Bracknell, England. Crowe has been shooting Les Miserables in the area, and checked out the gym in hopes of working out. Due to the fact that Crowe is not a member of the gym, the staff prohibited him from using the facilities.
And on flowed the Twitter rage. Crowe posted, "hoity toity staff with chav accents. What's with that? Advice to @virginactiveUK and @richardbranson have fit/smart folk rep your brand," on the social networking site, followed by a slew of messages on the same theme. Crowe engaged with individual Tweeters, many of whom backed the actor's rage, expressing his appreciation for their support and his immense distaste for the establishment and its staff.
Earlier today, March 22, Crowe recanted some of the passion in his vengeful Tweets. "@viginactiveuk I have realised my tweet yesterday was unkind. Sorry to the thousands of hard working & dedicated staff that keep UK active."
Thank you, Twitter, for acting as Crowe's venting outlet.
It was recently confirmed that the cooled-down Crowe will be starring in Darren Aronofsky's Noah. [Twitter]
The Get Carter star was evacuated from London during World War II in the late 1930s, and was sent to live in Berkshire, England, along with another boy.
The woman who was paid to take care of the pair made them live in squalor, and Caine recalls being covered in painful sores as a result.
He was rescued by his mother Ellen who sensed something was wrong - but the mercy mission almost ended in disaster when she punched her son's carer.
The actor says, "I was locked in a dark cupboard under the stairs while they went out. My mum came to get me - she had a sixth sense that something was wrong - and she whacked (hit) the woman, just hit her in the face.
"Someone called the police and she nearly went to prison. My mother was like a boxer and she was really tough. She was hysterical when she saw the pair of us, because we were covered in sores."