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It is not everyday you see people paying £8,000 for a pen, £46,000 for a two week holiday in Barbados or £15,500 for a day on a 30ft yacht.

These are not the most striking bargains ever seen, rather the result of a champagne and testosterone fuelled bidding frenzy at the HP Halloween fundraiser.

A more glitzy occasion than we at Vulture Central are accustomed to, this is an annual bash
thrown by HP for its top staff and its clients to raise some cash for Marie Curie and the Teenage Cancer
Trust.

The pen had been owned by Tony Blair. No-one was sure
whether that would add to or detract from its value.
It eventually went for £8,000 - a £2,000 markup on the
"shop" price of £6,000. Suddenly handheld PCs look
very affordable.

A bit of Rock memorabilia was sold too. Spice Girl Mel
C donated the T-Shirt (we hope,washed) from her
"Northern Star" video and Mark Knopfler of Dire
Straights put up a salmon pink guitar - it raised over
£10,000.

HP itself did quite a bit of bidding: its PR department paid £7,000 for a comedy workshop at Jongleurs Comedy Clubs. Presumably, they think our
wisecracking could be better. It also forked out
£46,000 for a two week stay for ten at a luxury villa
in Barbados.

All told the auction raised over £100,000.

The evening also saw a bit of an eighties revival with
a performance by Marc Almond who regailed us with
classics like: Say Hello, Wave GoodBye; Something's gotten hold of my heart; and probably Tainted love, but I can't remember.

Other celebrity mugs spotted during the evening
included Christopher Biggins and a slightly flu ridden
Chris Eubank. We thought we saw Elton John, but it was
only an impersonator. Ah well. ®

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