Pharrell Williams has partnered with eBay to auction off his iconic Vivienne Westwood hat worn at this year’s Grammy Awards with proceeds going to his non-profit foundation From One Hand To Another (FOHTA).
Current bidding on the eBay auction stands at $15,100 after 80 bids with 5,854 people "watching" the auction and generating nearly 225,000 views. The eBay listing, which includes a Certificate of Authenticity, is restricted to pre-approved buyers only and interested bidders must email the seller - pharrell_auctions to be included on the pre-approved list. The auction ends Sunday March 2 shortly after 5 p.m. PST and like many other items sold on eBay may experience at flurry of activity in the waning moments. A sales tax will also be included to residents of California, Georgia, New York and Texas and the winner will be notified “via email or phone” and the only accepted method of payment is with Pay Pal.
In recent years, the 40-year-old Williams seemed to have the Midas Touch, collaborating with Daft Funk and Robin Thicke to record two of the biggest hits of 2013 while earning three Grammy Awards in January. And shortly after the auction ends on Sunday, may find himself an Oscar winning songwriter at the 86th Academy Awards for “Happy” from the 3D animated comedy film “Despicable Me 2”. His highly anticipated second album "G I R L" and his first since 2006, will be released next week but is available for streaming on iTunes.
The brown buffalo hat has been likened to anything from a Canadian Mountie hat or Smokey the Bear hat to the familiar logo from Arby’s sandwich chain logo and was easily one of the the most talked about subjects on Twitter on Grammy night . Williams himself even poked fun at Arby’s tweet “Hey @Pharell, can we have our hat back?” by responding via Twitter, “Hey Arby’s, you want my hat? Now’s your chance…”.
Founded by Pharrell Williams in 2008, From One Hand To Another’s mission is “To change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential”. The non-profit is based in Virginia Beach, where Williams was born and attended high school. Since 2004, Williams has provided financial support and superstar visibility to programs in the Virginia Beach area, including the Back to School Supplies program and distribution of Thanksgiving turkeys to residents in his childhood neighborhood.