Berkshire

Michael Jackson's bent spoon for Uri Geller sells for £500

Michael Jackson's bent spoon
Image caption The spoon was given to Uri Geller by his best man Michael Jackson on the day Geller renewed his wedding vows at his house in Sonning

A bent spoon given to Uri Geller by Michael Jackson has sold for £500 at auction.

The late singer gave the spoon when he acted as best man at mystic Geller's ceremony to renew his wedding vows at his home in Sonning, Berkshire.

The item was one of many celebrities living in Berkshire and Oxfordshire donated to a charity auction in aid of Windsor's Thames Hospicecare.

Some carpet from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding fetched £100.

The auction took place at The Flowing Spring pub in Playhatch, Oxfordshire.

Image caption Kate Bush has also called her record label Fish People

On the spoon Geller, who lives in Sonning and rose to fame by bending spoons on TV, wrote: "7 March 2001 M.J. gave me this spoon. Uri Geller".

Landlord and landlady Nick Willson and Hazel Lucas, who organised the auction on Saturday evening, said they were "astounded" by the generosity of local celebrities and customers.

"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," said Mr Willson.

Singer Kate Bush, a former west Berkshire resident, donated an original canvas print called Never Be Mine, using the "Fish People" logo she now uses, which sold for £120.

Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice, who lives in nearby Shiplake, donated a drum skin signed by the band on their current world tour, which fetched £130.

The authenticated framed piece of red carpet from the royal wedding of the Duchess of Cambridge, who grew up in the Berkshire village of Bucklebury, and Prince William, sold for about £100.

"We wanted to aim big with our auction," said Mr Willson, "but this has been really impressive and we believe we have raised around £6,500 for Thames Hospicecare."

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