New Zealand prime minister’s arm cast auctioned

February 8th, 2009 - 4:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Feb 8 (DPA) The plaster cast from New Zealand Prime Minister John Keys’ right arm that broke after he fell down the stairs at a Chinese New Year celebration, fetched 18,500.10 New Zealand dollars ($9,435) on an online auction concluded Sunday.
Proceeds will go to a foundation started by Australian Fred Hollows to perform basic sight-restoring eye surgery for people in developing countries.

The Trade Me auction site said it attracted a near record number of bids, topped only by people vying to buy a handbag the former captain of the national All Blacks rugby team picked up in a bar and swung to break up a scuffle.

Key’s blue cast, which was signed by Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd among others, was bought by Ganesh Cherian, who runs a Wellington company that makes headstones for graves, the New Zealand Press Association news agency reported.

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