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Madonna, Eva Longoria, others donate handbags for earthquake relief auction

Madonna handbag auctionHandbags belonging to Madonna, Eva Longoria and Dita Von Teese are being auctioned on eBay. The stars donated their favourite bags to help raise money for victims of April’s earthquake in L’Aquila, Italy.

‘Entourage’ stars Adrian Grenier and Debi Mazar hosted a glamorous cocktail party at the LA Salvatore Ferragamo boutique to kick off the sale, where celebrities including John Legend, Rosanna Arquette, Rose McGowan and Melissa George got to view the articles listed in the sale. Stars were also be able to purchase clothing and accessories from the label’s Spring/Summer range, with a portion of the evening’s takings being donated to GlobalGiving’s Italy Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund.

Bidding on the bags - complete with handwritten notes from their famous owners - has now begun and runs on the internet auction website until June 12.
Jennifer Aniston, Demi Moore, Gwyneth Paltrow, Debi Mazar, Marisa Tomei, Lucy Liu, and Lily Tomlin have also donated their bags for the cause.
Salvatore Ferragamo is not the only designer label keen to help earthquake victims.

Gucci, Versace, Valentino, Brioni and Giancarlo Giammetti have also donated funds to the affected areas. Madonna has also helped the relief effort before, donating $500,000 shortly after the tremor struck. She reportedly requested the money be used in her father Silvio Ciccone’s home region of Abruzzo. More than 200 people died and thousands more were left homeless by the 6.3 magnitude quake which hit the European country in April.

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