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Paris Hilton Stapler Leads Auction at $1K

December 1, 2004

NEW YORK (AP) _ $1000 for a stapler? No, it’s not holiday shopping madness, but an online auction for a Paris Hilton autographed stapler.

Office retailer Staples is holding a ``Staplers of the Stars″ online charity auction of celebrity signed staplers. With more than 140 celebs in the mix, Hilton’s stapler is currently leading the pack at $1,005.

Hilton is followed by Donald Trump and Katie Couric, whose autographed staplers are each going for $800. Other staplers being bid on are signed by Ringo Starr, Kobe Bryant, Bill Gates, Rudy Guiliani and Cher.

All of the proceeds go to a charity of each star’s choosing. Since the auction opened on Nov. 16, more than 2,600 bids have been placed. The staplers are available to bid on until Dec. 6 at www.staples.com.

``We’ve made it easy to get a truly unique holiday gift for someone while supporting a charitable cause,″ Shira Goodman, vice president of marketing at Staples, said in a statement. ``We’re grateful to all the stars who donated their signatures to make this fun and successful.″

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