Celebrity Teapot Auction
It was held at the UWI Mona Visitors' Lodge on Sunday. First Global Bank, the Jamaica Cancer Society and the Pauline Brown Fund Committee staged the imaginative benefit to fund their efforts to provide financial aid for cancer survivors.
Among the 'celebrities' who decorated the teapots were the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, international dancehall artistes 'Sean Paul' Henriques and Orville 'Shaggy' Burrel, the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke and Lady Cooke, Douglas Orane, Earl Jarret, The Most. Hon. Edward Seaga, Nancy McLean, radio personalities Alan Magnus and Dorraine Samuels, Security Minister Dr. Peter Phillips, Commissioner Lucius Thomas and businessman Kenny Benjamin, among others.
When the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's teapot was up for bidding, Jones announced in jest that the pot is a hot commodity, as she will not have time to sign pots after being sworn into office. Following that comment, her pink teapot painted with yellow flowers, earned the highest bid among the pots, going for an impressive $26,000. International dancehall artiste Shaggy's fetched the next highest bid for his teapot, as two ladies engaged in an all-out bidding war, which climaxed at $17,000 for the right to take home a little piece of 'Mr. Lover Lover' himself. The teapot of outgoing Prime Minister the Most Hon. P. J. Patterson also went for $14,500, and Sean Paul's for $10,500.