Nakata’s Japan relief items draw bid of NT$100 mil.


TAIPEI–Three items in a fundraising auction for Japan earthquake relief attracted a bid that was 333 times the floor price yesterday.

The top bid for a pair of soccer shoes and two jerseys donated by Hidetoshi Nakata(中田英壽), a former FIFA top 100 player, was over NT$100 million (US$3.4 million) four hours into the online auction at Yahoo! Taiwan’s charity platform.

The auction will end on March 27, after which the proceeds will go to the Red Cross Society of Taiwan for the quake relief efforts, according to the auction page.

The base price was NT$300,000, the amount paid for the items by local TV producer Wang Wei-zhong in a March 18 telethon fundraiser for Japan.

Nakata, who flew to Taiwan to attend the fundraiser, donated the autographed items during the telethon, which raised a total of NT$788 million in four hours.

Wang’s offer to buy the items directly during the telethon stirred a huge controversy, with many netizens criticizing him as “robbing” the public of the chance to place a bid.

A Facebook page, created to protest against Wang’s controversial purchase, had drawn 16,570 “like” clicks as of Tuesday.

The news also appeared on Japan’s Yahoo! website last Sunday.

The day after the telethon, Wang and the organizers said they would donate the shoes and jerseys again for an online auction, which included items donated by other Japanese celebrities such as members of the rock bands Luna Sea and X Japan.