Bidder in US pays €850 for Bertie's off-the-cuff gift
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's cufflinks attracted interest from across the Atlantic last night when a mystery bidder in New York paid €850 for them in a charity auction in Dublin.
The cufflinks were estimated to be worth between €500 and €1,000, while another two bidders were interested in his gold-plated tie pin at the auction.
It sold for just €140, although it was estimated to be worth twice that.
Mr Ahern was just one of Ireland's best-known personalities who donated items to help raises funds for a Jewels for Cures event to raise money for cancer research.
A Picasso lithograph in an original frame was among an array of valuables donated for a special charity auction last night.
Rosanna Davison, Bono and Ronan Keating all donated valuables to the event. A bracelet donated by Ronan Keating was sold for €200.
The fundraiser was the brainchild of former cancer patient Alison McCormick and was aimed at raising funds for Professor John Crown's Cancer Clinical Research Trust at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin.
Alison, a breast cancer survivor who spent a year under Prof Crown's care said she was inspired to organise the fundraiser after witnessing a young married pregnant woman undergo the same treatment as herself. "It was so wonderful to see this young woman come through this difficult event and deliver a healthy baby.
"The care we received at the unit was second to none."
The auction was launched in September by RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan whose sister died of cancer at the age of 32.
The auction attracted up to 100 people last night and it's hoped it will raise €50,000 for cancer research.
Former Miss Ireland Rosanna Davison donated a silver and amber pendant and earrings to the auction.
Keith Duffy's wife Lisa donated a designer crucifix necklace and earrings.
Many of these items went under the hammer at the first of a series of auctions last night at the Westbury Hotel in Dublin.
Many more will be sold online through eBay.
Bono donated a signed photograph of himself taken in the 1990s by the music photographer Colm Henry.