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Pharrell Williams puts Grammys hat on eBay for charity

On Grammy night, one hat shook the world. Within minutes of producer/singer Pharrell Williams appearing on the red carpet for music's biggest event on Jan. 26, his Vivienne Westwood-designed lid was the talk of the night. Before the evening was out, it had even spawned its own Twitter account. And now, it's up for grabs ... for a price.

Williams announced Thursday that he had put the hat up for auction, with proceeds going to From One Hand to Another, a charity he established to support learning programs for children in at-risk communities. The winner will also receive a certificate of authenticity, according to the eBay listing.

I’m+auctioning+off+my+hat+from+the+Grammys+to+benefit+From+One+Hand+to+AnOTHER+http://t.co/CsW204Eo4R+#PharrellsHat+@eBay

—+Pharrell+Williams+(@Pharrell)+February+21,+2014+

He also had a little fun with the auction in a subsequent tweet, reaching out to Arby's, the fast-food chain that made hay on Grammy night by asking for the hat "back" on Twitter.

Hey+@Arbys,+you+want+my+hat?+Now’s+your+chance…http://t.co/CsW204Eo4R

—+Pharrell+Williams+(@Pharrell)+February+21,+2014+

As of Friday morning, the bids were past the $10,000 mark. The immediate response to the hat surprised the musician, who tweeted his response.

We+started+my+hat+auction+at+$200+(the+price+I+paid+for+it)+and+it's+already+up+to+over+10K?+😳+http://t.co/AgBVQc6mEK

—+Pharrell+Williams+(@Pharrell)+February+21,+2014+

Whoever ends up purchasing the hat will certainly have a unique conversation piece. The oversized brown headgear resembles a park ranger's hat, and Williams has kept it in the news by turning up at media events and the Academy Awards nominations wearing a $180 gray version. 

But not everyone's excited about the sale: The @PharrellHat account quickly responded to news of the auction, and tweeted what might be the last we'll ever hear from the classic chapeau ... at least, on Twitter.

bye+RT+@Pharrell:+I’m+auctioning+off+my+hat+from+the+Grammys+to+benefit+From+One+Hand+to+AnOTHER+http://t.co/xEH83rfVzo+#PharrellsHat

—+Pharrell's+Hat+(@Pharrellhat)+February+21,+2014+

The auction ends March 2.

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