October 10, 2005

Britney Spears pulls costume bra from eBay auction

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oops! ... It happened again.
Britney Spears' jewel-encrusted bra has been removed for a
second time from Internet auction site eBay -- this time by the
pop singer herself.

The bra was one of dozens of wardrobe items and other
personal belongings that Spears put up for bid on eBay to raise
money for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and bidding on the
bejeweled undergarment had surpassed $60,000 before it was
withdrawn on Saturday, eBay spokesman Hani Durzy said on

In a message posted on her official Web site, Spears, 23,
told fans she was "concerned that some of you might be
confusing this bra with something that it's not."

The message says eBay accurately described the bra as
having been worn by Spears during a promotion for an HBO
concert special, but "it is not the one I wore onstage during
the 'Baby One More Time' performance."'

"I feel the correct thing to do is remove this item from
the auction because I don't want any of you to feel misled,"
she wrote. Spears did not explain how the confusion might have

Earlier during the auction, an eBay staffer had pulled the
bra from the site after deciding that it violated company
policy that bars listings for used underwear. But eBay
executives later reversed the decision on grounds that the bra
was really a piece of entertainment memorabilia, Durzy said.

Spears, who recently became a mother, has sold more than 60
million albums since she shot to fame in the late 1990s with
her 1999 debut album "... Baby One More Time" and its hit title
track, becoming a worldwide phenomenon at age 15.

With the subsequent albums "Oops! ... I Did It Again" and
"Britney," Spears became the first female performer in the
history of Billboard magazine to have her first three albums
open at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts.