£55,300 bid for Beatrice's hat
Published 20/05/2011 | 21:13
Auction bids for Princess Beatrice's bizarre royal wedding hat have exceeded £55,000.
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".