eBay auction of soccer memorabilia to raise money for 46664 charity

2010-06-29 00:00

AN exclusive eBay auction aimed at raising money for former president Nelson Mandela’s 46664 charity initiative has been launched by sports equipment manufacturers, Adidas.

The auction will offer football lovers around the world the chance to bid on items of limited edition Fifa World Cup memorabilia.

Art is the main focus of the auction, which includes a distinctive portrait painting of South African and Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar.

The First Whistle, one of the other works on offer, immortalises the moment when the tournament began on June 11.

Another shows the moment when Bafana Bafana huddled around Pienaar on the opening day as they prepared for the biggest tournament in the history of African football.

Two up-and-coming African artists, Paul Junior Kasemwana and Espoir Kennedy, have created all of the unique art pieces that will be go on auction. The artists will be based at the Adidas public relations headquarters for the duration of the tournament, where they are daily creating paintings that capture the moments during the tournament that are set to make history.

The auction will include Pienaar’s autographed group stage playing shirts, 32 individual player portraits as well as and The Quest, a painting that will feature 32 players from the 32 participating World Cup countries.

Another item to be auctioned is the ball due to be used in the July 11 final.

Those wanting to take part in the auction, which ends on July 11, can do so at www.ebay.co.uk/adidas46664auction.

All proceeds from the auction will go to the 46664 foundation, which campaigns against the spread of Aids in Africa.

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