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Friday 25 Jul 2014

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Let the bidding begin as Children in Need "money can't buy" auction is launched

The BBC Children in Need auction is back! Jam-packed with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and glittering items. With everything from a poignant piece of Chilean rock straight from the San José mine, to a chance to meet the JLS boys behind the scenes at one of their UK gigs, this year's auction has something for everyone.

The charity auction is a sure-fire way to find that one off treat, whilst showing your support for Children in Need and helping to change the lives of some of the most disadvantaged children right here in the UK.

Gain a piece of history of one of the most amazing success stories in modern times with a piece of Chilean rock straight from the bottom of the Chilean mine in Copiapo where the miraculous rescue occurred. The iconic rock is one of only three pieces in the UK so why not bid and join HRH The Queen and David Cameron as the proud owner of a true piece of history!

For JLS fans, there is huge a treasure trove of JLS goodies being auctioned off. With the JLS boys signing everything from Pudsey Bears to their own private diary, these items are a must-have for any JLS fanatics. The treasure trove gold is a fantastic JLS package which includes: four tickets to their concert, signed programmes, and a chance to meet all the boys, this paw-some package could be all yours for yourself and your loved ones.

This year's Children in Need auction is overflowing with an amazing range of items and experiences from the sporting world. For all you football fans, everything from being a matchday mascot at a Liverpool FC home game, to playing on the hallowed turf of Old Trafford is going under the hammer. While a signed Pudsey Bear from F1 stars Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton is also being auctioned off.

Pudsey's pièce-de-resistance is a truly paw-some watercolour painting produced by the prodigy painter, eight-year-old Kieran Williamson. The mini-Monet has been making waves in the art world, and has become somewhat of a global phenomenon with his first exhibition selling out in 14 minutes. Bid on Kieran's painting now, and who knows what it may be worth in the future.

Fans of BBC One's Waterloo Road can help raise money for some of the most disadvantaged children in the UK by bidding on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Waterloo Road set, which includes having a walk-on part in the television drama, as well as meeting the cast.

From an Arsenal signed shirt, to a John Barrowman signed suit, and even the autograph book from the Radio 4 Saturday Live Show being put up for auction, this year's auction has something for everybody.

The auction went live on 11 November and runs until the evening of 21 November, so get bidding and help children all over the UK. BBC Children in Need's annual live show takes place on Friday 19 November at 7pm on BBC One. Be sure to tune in!

Notes to Editors

Products to be auctioned include:

  • Signed Pudsey bears from stars including: Alan Carr, Bruno Tonioli, Dermot O'Leary, Fiona Bruce, Gary Barlow, Gavin Henson, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Terry Wogan
  • JLS package – four tickets to show, meet band and signed programmes
  • Liverpool FC package – be a mascot at a Liverpool home game
  • Play on the Old Trafford pitch, the home of Manchester United
  • Walk on part in Waterloo Road, plus tour of set and meet some of the cast
  • Tour around the Royal Mint HQ
  • JLS 'our private diary' signed
  • JLS bowler hat signed by Oritse as worn in TV promotional film, handkerchief signed by Aston as worn in TV promotional film, waistcoat signed by Oritse as worn in TV promotional film, sash signed by Marvin as worn in promotional film
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of Emmerdale and lunch with the cast
  • Holby City signed cast photograph
  • John Barrowman suit
  • Signed Justin Lee Collins jacket suit
  • Radio 4: Saturday Live autograph book
  • Chilean rock from the San José mine
  • George Best Commemorative £5 note
  • Kieron Williamson watercolour painting
  • Arsenal FC signed shirt
  • David Walliams signed Build-A-Bear-Workshop Pudsey t-shirt
  • The football scarves from BBC Radio 5 Live
  • Children in Need spotty squad outfits including hat, tie, belt and jumpsuit

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