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£55,300 bid for Beatrice's hat

Published 20/05/2011 | 21:13

Princess Beatrice is auctioning the hat she wore to the royal wedding
Princess Beatrice is auctioning the hat she wore to the royal wedding

Auction bids for Princess Beatrice's bizarre royal wedding hat have exceeded £55,000.

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There are 37 bidders competing on eBay to get hold of the headpiece.

The leading bid on the auction website - which ends on Sunday - stands at £55,300.

Royal wedding watchers compared the flamboyant Philip Treacy creation to a Turkey Twizzler, a toilet seat and a pretzel and Facebook pages sprung up in its honour, attracting thousands of followers.

Undeterred, the 22-year-old princess decided to sell off the curious item for charity, with Unicef and Children in Crisis to benefit from the funds raised.

She commented on the auction page: "I've been amazed by the amount of attention the hat has attracted.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to raise as much money as possible for two fantastic charities.

"I hope whoever wins the auction has as much fun with the hat as I have."

The description on the auction site calls the hat a "unique sculptural celebratory headpiece".

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