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Derby goalkeeper puts 'toilet artwork' on eBay

  • 25 September 2010
  • From the section Derby

A championship footballer is auctioning an art installation which prompted complaints from his neighbours in a Derbyshire village.

Derby County goalkeeper Stephen Bywater has a decorated portable toilet and horse box in his garden.

The artwork once included an inflatable sex doll, which has since been removed.

He announced the eBay auction on his Twitter page, saying all the proceeds would be donated to the Teen Pride charity.

The goalkeeper tweeted: "Putting my artwork on eBay and giving the money to the teen pride charity."

Image caption Mr Bywater has covered up the artwork following complaints

He added: "Hope people bid as teen pride needs all the help."

The auction will not include the inflatable doll, which Mr Bywater said he had "binned".

As well as the portable toilet and horse box, the auction's inventory includes a high-visibility jacket, a traffic cone and three mattresses.

By Sunday afternoon, the highest of 21 bids was £235.

Last week, following complaints from neighbours, Mr Bywater covered the artwork with a tarpaulin and issued an apology through the football club.

He said: "Although I consider this a private issue, I would like to apologise to any supporters and local residents in Derbyshire who have been offended."

In a statement, Derby County said the club "completely disassociated itself with this type of behaviour".

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