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Saturday 16 December 2017

No Desire for U2 goodies, as auction nets a measly €7k

IT WAS a case of the unforgettable buyer for U2 stylist Lola Cashman, who still hasn't found what she's looking for.

In fact there was literally no desire for a string of U2 trinkets that Ms Cashman had put up for auction -- earning just a quarter of the expected amount.

The unique online auction for some of U2's personal items from the band's early days has raised just €10,000 of the expected €40,000.

The 16-item collection was put up for auction on a US website with just six items bid for in total. All the items up for grabs hail from the band's early days including a number of the boys' personal items such as a pair of Larry Mullen's used Converse shoes and a chipped navy blue mug used by Bono and The Edge.

However, the final figures of the auction show that only six of the sixteen items generated bids, which totalled €7,000 -- a far cry from the €40,000 that was originally predicted.

As the auction was coming to an end yesterday, a flurry of interest erupted for the unique items put up for sale -- including a set of Bono's rosary beads which fetched nearly €4,000.

Along with the beads, a Polaroid picture of Bono from 1987 which sold for more than €1,000 and a used set concert list also sold for €945.

As did a signed photograph of the band for €241 and a backstage pass from their Joshua Tree tour for €219.

Another religious object put up was Larry Mullen's former Bible, given to the stylist in 1988, with the inscription "To Lola, With Real Love, Larry, 15-1-88".

It was being auctioned off for $4,800 (€3,500) and not one bid was placed.

Larry Mullen's worn Converse shoes were expected to sell for at least $4,500 (€3,300) which also failed to generate any bids.

The former stylist is no stranger to auctioning off memorabilia belonging to the iconic band.

Cashman was previously involved in a high-profile court case dubbed Stetsongate, for selling items belonging to the rock legends she had collected while joining them on their Joshua Tree tour from 1987 onwards.

After losing her appeal against a judge's decision that the items were not hers to sell, she instead auctioned off items that were personally inscribed to her.

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