06 December 2016
Our celebrity eBay auction, which offered bidders the opportunity to bid on hundreds of pairs of glasses and sunglasses once owned by celebrities, has come to an end after 10 days.
The auction received huge support from celebrities who sent in their specs (more than 120 pairs were generously donated to the appeal), and from supporters wanting to get their hands on a special pair of glasses whilst supporting our work.
More than 50 celebrities took part, including actress Meryl Streep, Beatle Ringo Starr, pop sensations will.i.am and Rita Ora, Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Robbie Coltrane and style icons Kate Moss and Vivienne Westwood.
The glasses receiving the highest winning bid belonged to Ringo Starr which went for a staggering £1,849.67.
The winning bid on cyclist Chris Froome’s sunglasses was £716.25. Also fetching substantial bids were Daniel Radcliffe’s sunglasses which went for £514.30. Fellow Harry Potter star Emma Watson’s glasses went for £314.84. Liv Tyler’s donated glasses received over £600 in bids.
The auction was incredibly successful, raising over £10,000 to allow us to continue to carry out eye tests in some of the world’s poorest places and distribute glasses to those that need them.
Thank you to all of the celebrities who supplied us with glasses and to everyone who joined in the bidding. If you missed out on the auction or if your bid wasn’t successful, there are still ways you can support our work by donating here.