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- Posted on Apr 24th 2012 1:30PM by Jason MacNeil
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According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the auction for the key began a few days ago with the highest bid at $98,100 US as of Tuesday morning. The auction site's page shows a photo of the plaque which was presented in November, 1990. "A very unique item from Cher's own personal collection!" the ad says, adding it includes the original box, "hand-written sticky note" and certificate of authenticity.
"I just think that it is more a reflection on her than the city of Adelaide," Mayor Stephen Yarwood said. "It must be very embarrassing for her if she is selling it because she needs the money."
Cher performed in the city back in 1990 as part of the Australian Grand Prix, the annual Formula One race which took place in Adelaide. When contacted regarding the situation, former Adelaide Mayor Steve Condous said he too was "disappointed."
"I would have thought that getting the key to a city like Adelaide would have had some value to her, but obviously it doesn't because she wouldn't have got rid of it," he said.
However Cher says she's not to blame for what has happened.
"Im upset 2& trying 2get2 bottom!" she tweeted yesterday. "I Think my office fkd up? RT"
Although it's the only comment Cher has made, the seller on eBay known as "Linda" commented further on Sunday and probably only added fuel to the fire.
"Cher receives many awards and gifts from all over the world," the seller wrote. "At certain times she goes through her huge collection and decides to share many of these special treasures with her fans, with all the proceeds going to Cher's Charitable Foundation.
"I think the city of Adelaide should be proud of what this plaque & key are doing for those in need or suffering. Cher is incredible, kind and generous and in no way meant to slight the people of Adelaide. Thank you for your understanding."
Questions posed to the seller asked why the item was up for auction and if any of the monies raised from the auction would assist various charities in the Adelaide area.
In related news, Cher tweeted regarding her new studio album and said there is a duet with Lady Gaga on it.
"Played it 4 my sister on way 2 Gladd!" she wrote. "She loved it! Its on new cd ! hold on its comingRT."