A TEACUP and saucer used only once by pop diva Lady Gaga sold for more than $75,000 at auction, the sale’s organiser said Monday.
The teacup, which bears her lipstick, autograph and the phrase “We pray for Japan”, was used by the pop star at a press conference in Japan, three months after an earthquake and tsunami hit the country in March 2011.
With more than 1300 bids, the weeklong auction finished Sunday with a top offer of ¥6,011,000, according to Yahoo Japan, which managed the charity event.
Payment was required before the winning bid could be confirmed, it said.
Lady Gaga told reporters at the time that she would auction the cup, marked with her lipstick and bearing the Japanese message “We pray for Japan” along with the star’s autograph.
All the money raised will be used to help young Japanese artists who want to study in the US.
The teacup was one of a number of items being sold to raise money for those affected by Japan’s worst postwar calamity and was the second most expensive lot, behind a crystal piano used by a Japanese rock star.
The natural disaster killed some 19,000 people on Japan’s northeastern coast and sparked the world’s worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
The top-priced item was a Kawai crystal piano used by Yoshiki of rock band Japan X, which went for 11,001,000 yen.