Rihanna signed phone gets more than $50,000 in auction

15/05/14

Rihanna and Steve Soboroff
Image caption Rihanna dropped Steve Soboroff's phone during a basketball game

A phone belonging to the president of LA Police Commission, which was broken by Rihanna, has attracted more than $58,000 (£34,600) on eBay.

Steve Soboroff sat next to the singer on Friday at a Los Angeles Clippers' playoff game against Oklahoma City Thunder.

He asked for a selfie but the phone's screen broke after Rihanna dropped it.

Steve saw her again at a game on Sunday and asked her to sign the phone before putting it up for auction.

"Sorry! I love heart LAPD. Rihanna"

The singer wrote "Sorry! I love LAPD. Rihanna" on the mobile, which is on sale until Thursday night, to support the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Foundation.

Half of the money raised will go towards the LAPD cadet programme.

According to the eBay post, the department's initiative needs $240,000 (£143,000) to help children enrol, attend and graduate from the scheme.

It adds that the rest of the money raised will go towards the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation, to support the families of officers who have died during service.

The force has lost five officers since 7 March this year.

Rihanna and Steve Soboroff

Since the phone went on sale, the singer has made a separate donation of $25,000 (£15,000) to the foundation.

Steve said: "Thank you Rihanna and all of her wonderful fans who have made this story go viral, and for your interest in supporting the Los Angeles Police Foundation."

The auction page adds: "The phone still works, but the screen is cracked because Rihanna dropped it! It has been reset and wiped clean."

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