The Independent’s journalism is supported by our readers. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn commission.

The Independent's charity auction

Fancy attending a pre-match press conference at Man City?  How about an original work by Tracey Emin, or a private gig from Mark Steel?

Friday 21 December 2012 16:00

The Independent's charity auction is now closed. All money raised will go to our Christmas Appeal supporting UNICEF's life-saving work helping former child soldiers rebuild their lives.

Round 2 of The Independent's Charity Auction is now closed

All lots are offered subject to The Independent's Terms & Conditions . Also see's terms

Need assistance? See the ebay help page


Lot 1: YBA 4 U
Original artwork – not a print - signed by Tracey Emin. The artist herself describes it as “typical Tracey” and it is in a similar style to the work she is showing in Rome and which was at the Turner Contemporary. It is 10x10 inches, gouache on paper, inscribed: “Everything for you TE 2012”.
Winning bid: £10,100
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 2: Spice invader
Feisty Independent columnist, lively debater and enthusiastic amateur chef Yasmin Alibhai-Brown will cook some delicious spicy dishes for up to six people in London, and talk through The Settler's Cookbook to get you thinking about how you'd write your own food memoir.
Winning bid: £366
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 3: Mancini magic
Enter the high-octane world of football’s Premier League champions for weekend, by attending one of Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini’s pre-match press conferences and the league fixture which follows. One reader can bid to join our sports correspondent Ian Herbert to see Mancini being grilled by journalists at the City training ground and then attend the following Saturday's league match. And when you have seen for yourself what sports journalism is all about, you can do it yourself. For the successful bidder, there is the opportunity to help write a report on the game with our reporter.
Winning bid: £905
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 4: Steel lives
Comedian, columnist, historian and wit, Mark Steel will perform a stand-up comedy routine in your home or local pub. (Dates depend on availability, and permission of landlord!).
Winning bid: £820
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 5: The hot ticket
Win tickets for one of the hottest shows to hit the West End in living memory, sold out for months and set to be a huge hit. You and one guest can attend the opening night of The Book of Mormon, at the Prince of Wales Theatre (on March 21st 2013). By Matt Stone and Trey Parker, the creators of South Park, you can be one of the first to see show the New York Times calls 'The best musical of this century' - coming to London.
Winning bid: £717
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 6: A day at the races
Join top Newmarket trainer James Fanshawe on the gallops at dawn as he works his horses over the historic Heath, followed by a visit to his famous stables, built by the great Fred Archer. Plus two Premier Enclosure passes for racing in the afternoon. Travel and any bets not included; date according to availability.
Winning bid: £530
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 7: A Galactic prize
This year’s Major League Soccer Cup Victory champs, bid for an LA Galaxy jersey signed by star footballer David Beckham, saying: ‘Thanks for supporting UNICEF.’ Beckham officially leaves the team at the end of 2012.
Winning bid: £575
See auction terms and conditions


Bidding ends at 2pm on 31 December 2012. Payment by PayPal only, by 20 January 2013. Each lot carries a minimum reserve price of £100, is for one adult and does not include travel unless otherwise specified and is subject to terms and conditions which can be found at 2012

The Editor’s decision is final and bidders must be aware that they cannot give a winning bid to any other person without getting the Editor’s consent before bidding. For all enquiries, email

Need assistance? See ebay's help page

     _ _

Round 1 of the auction has now closed. Some of the lots are listed below

Lot 1: Four corners
In 2013 the London Underground celebrates its 150th birthday. Venture to the ends of this great network with our award-winning travel correspondent, Simon Calder. With your all-zones Tube pass you’ll travel along the original 1863 line, calling in at the London Transport Museum along the way. For two
Winning bid: £780
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 2: A media round
Three readers will join The Independent’s editor, Chris Blackhurst, for 18 holes at Wentworth’s legendary West championship course. Amid the tree-lined setting of many historic golfing dramas, take the opportunity to discuss anything you like with Chris – phonehacking, tax avoidance, even the state of his golf swing – and continue over lunch in Wentworth’s fabulous clubhouse restaurant. Caddies are included, but please… no handicaps over 18.
Winning bid: £1040
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 3: Lunch on the House
It’s the ultimate political guide. Which coalition partners hate each other? Are we being told the truth about the national debt? And what is it with Theresa May and shoes? Our political editor, Andrew Grice, will take a reader to Westminster for lunch and fill you in on our rulers
Winning bid: £1280
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 4: On The Ball
Neil Warnock, manager of Leeds United and an Independent columnist, invites a fan and one guest to come and watch Leeds’ first team at a training session. Afterwards, you’l l have lunch and a chat with Neil and his staff.
Winning bid: £2166.99
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 5: Foreign field
Our Paris correspondent, John Lichfield, will take you on a day tour of the Somme battlefields where 623,000 British and French soldiers were killed or wounded in the First World War. Lunch is included, but not travel. For up to four people.
Winning bid: £3100
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 6: A day at the paper
Visit The Independent at our offices in Kensington. Marvel at the hum of industry, the thrill of breaking news, the whoosh of deadlines. Come to the morning conference, chat to the columnists, subs and leader-writers. And see the first edition before it goes to press. For up to two people.
Winning bid: £1550
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 7: Gigs to go for
Attend a live gig at the 02 next year, courtesy of The Independent. Enjoy the performance and then help our critic write a review for publication in the paper, or write your own review if you wish. (Dates and performance subject to availability). For two.
Winning bid £685
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 8: A Champagne weekend for two
Grange Hotels is offering two nights in an executive room, with a complementary bottle of Moët et Chandon champagne, English breakfast and access to the award winning Ajala Spa and wellness facility – plus tickets to the Globe for a performance of a Shakespeare play. (Dates subject to availability.)
Winning bid: £865
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 9: War and Peace
What is happening in Gaza? Is there any hope of peace in the Middle East? Our legendary foreign correspondent Robert Fisk will give a lecture on Islam and the West for up to 12 people.
Winning bid: £1170
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 10: One reader will lunch with the i's editor
Join i’s executive editor, Stefano Hatfield, for lunch at The Ivy, the legendary power brokers’ restaurant in London’s West End. Over risotto or calf’s liver, discuss anything from politics to football to whether Italian food is the best.
Winning bid: 565
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 11: Man in the white suit
Have lunch with the broadcaster turned MP Martin Bell. Join the man who has seen more than most and find out what it was like being injured in Bosnia and challenging Neil Hamilton in the Battle of Tatton. Discuss the future of journalism, of democracy, and more.
Winning bid: £499
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 12: Come fly with me
easyJet, a proud supporter of Unicef, is delighted to offer one lucky bidder four return tickets to any destination on the easyJet network. No matter what sort of travel you’re planning easyJet has the flights to get you there. (Flights to be booked by 1 July, and travel completed by 31 December 2013). Worth up to £2,000, depending on destination.
Winning bid: £1040
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 13: The ultimate Bond
Live and Let Die… The Man with the Golden Gun… The Spy Who Loved Me… Moonraker… For Your Eyes Only… Octopussy… A View to a Kill. Roger Moore starred in them all and now you can bid for a copy of his new book Bond on Bond, with a personalised inscription from the author. A present that will render its recipient both shaken and stirred. Update 13/12: Sir Roger will sign  personally, with a unique message, a copy of his latest book, Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book of 50 years of Bond movies
Winning bid: £442
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 14: Loose Women
A trip with Independent on Sunday columnist and editor-at-large Janet Street-Porter to the set of the hit ITV show Loose Women, and a chance to meet its outspoken stars. (Travel not included.)
Winning bid: £520
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 15: Men who stare at goats
A signed copy of the script from the film The Men Who Stare at Goats, which starred Ewan McGregor as a reporter uncovering attempts by the US military to use psychic powers to read thoughts and kill goats telekinetically. A collectable piece of movie memorabilia. Update 13/12: The script is signed personally by Ewan McGregor and a letter of authenticity will be supplied by  The Independent and Unicef to that effect.
Winning bid: £265
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 16: Le Meridien Piccadilly
Two weekend nights with breakfast for two at Le Méridien Piccadilly, on Piccadilly Circus. The hotel mixes the best of contemporary culture and European heritage in a stunning setting in the heart of London’s West End. (Dates and stay subject to availability and conditions; travel and additional meals etc not included).
-Prize is valid for two nights’ accommodation over a weekend.
-Accommodation is offered in a classic room on a room and breakfast only basis.
-Prize is valid from 6 months from date of draw.
-Accommodation is based on two people sharing.
-Prize is subject to availability and is non-transferable.
-No cash alternative is offered.
-All additional meals, spa treatments, drinks and incidentals such as mini-bar, laundry and telephone calls should be paid for on departure.
-Travel to London is not included.
Winning bid: £510
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 17: Win Martin Bell's white suit
The legendary war correspondent and UNICEF Ambassador Martin Bell offers a truly original auction lot to help raise money for UNICEF's vital work. You've guessed it - you can bid for one of his well travelled and well televised iconic white suits!
Winning bid: £261
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 18: Eddie Izzard on tour
Comedian Eddie Izzard offers two tickets for a lucky bidder to attend a show on his new global tour, Force Majeur, as well as signed merchandise. Eddie will visit 25 countries and your two tickets are valid to attend the show in any location - but accommodation and travel not included!
Winning bid: £720.01
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 19: Theatre of dreams
You and a friend could attend a 2013-14 Premier League match at the Theatre of Dreams, Old Trafford, wearing your own shirt signed by the entire Manchester United first-team squad, including Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Robin van Persie. (Match choice limited).
Winning bid: £720
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 20: Get kitted out for spring by Twiggy
Meet Twiggy and go through her spring collection selecting key lines to suit you and one other. You and your style icon will be able to take the choices made from the M&S collection home, free of charge and courtesy of the nation's favourite clothing retailer. Bid now for a unique opportunity to add real panache to your wardrobe. As a firm supporter of UNICEF, Marks and Spencer are proud to support this appeal.
Winning bid: £2657
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 21: Win a tennis shirt signed by Andy Murray
Andy Murray is the only man to win Olympic Gold and the US Open back-to-back. Place a bid now for an Adidas jersey signed by the British number one tennis player, courtesy of XIX Entertainment. Don't lose out on the opportunity to acquire this famous signature at the peak of his career!
Winning bid: £600
See auction terms and conditions

Lot 22: Win tickets to a top movie premiere in 2013
You and three friends can walk the red carpet with the stars! 20th Century Fox are offering four tickets to one of the exclusive film events of the year - a top film premiere of 2013 in London's West End. Place a bid now and they will guarantee you a night like no other and catch one of the year's top movies ahead of all your friends!
Winnign bid: £2450
See auction terms and conditions

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

View comments