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Mel B auctions memorabilia for charity

Former Spice Girl Mel B is to auction the contents of her home, including treasured outfits and items from the girl-band era, after her move to the United States.

Mel B, known as Scary Spice, has put the memorabilia up for auction online to raise money for a charity that cares for children and young people suffering from cancer.

Among the collectibles open to bids are costumes from the recent "Return of the Spice Girls" tour, the coat from the "Stop" video and her trademark fake fur outfit consisting of a bikini top and matching mini-skirt.

The items will also include the outfit she wore when she and her fellow Spice Girls met former South African leader Nelson Mandela.

A motorbike, Bechstein baby grand piano and MTV Cribs dining table will also be up for grabs.

Fans will even be able to get their hands on jugs, tables and toasters.

Bidders can log on to http://www.melbsale.com/ between Sept. 26 and Oct. 26, with all proceeds going to CLIC Sargent.

The charity has teamed up with philanthropic bidding network Buy Once Give Twice and Internet auction site eBay.

The auction follows Mel B's move to the West Coast.

Now known as Melanie Brown, the 33-year-old said in a statement: "I feel happy to be able to contribute to such an important cause.

The Spice Girls were one of the most successful female groups of all time, selling more than 55 million records in the late 1990s, before the band broke up and the members embarked on solo careers.

They reformed for a reunion tour in December 2007 before splitting again.

The auction follows a similar one by Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne who put the contents of his Beverly Hills home up for sale last year, raising about 400,000 pounds for charity.