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Stamp Paid
Sep 27th, 2005, 06:13 AM
I knew you mfs wouldnt wanna post this. :fiery:

By Darren Rovell
ESPN.com
One of the most valuable pieces of jewelry worn during a professional tennis match was sold Sunday for half price.


A pair of earrings worn by Serena Williams during her U.S. Open matches raised $21,100 for Hurricane Katrina victims. The retail value of the earrings, which were made up of more than 350 diamonds and is 4.18 carats, is $40,000.


The earrings were auctioned on eBay as part of the ATP and WTA Tours' joint effort to raise money for the victims of the catastrophe. Proceeds will be sent to the American Red Cross.


The earrings garnered plenty of attention for Williams, who has a history of making fashion statements on court. At past U.S. Open tournaments, she has worn a tight spandex catsuit outfit, and also warmed up in leg sleeves that made it look like she was wearing boots.


In her first-round victory over Jung-Jan Chan, one of the earrings, donated to Serena by jewelry designer Erica Courtney, fell out on the court.

"I didn't put it on tight enough because I was rushing to go out," Williams said.

After the match, USA Network broadcaster Michael Barkann asked Williams what she thought about the fact that her earrings were valued at more than Chan's career earnings of $21,700. Williams replied, "You gotta have the bling!"

Williams lost to her sister Venus in the fourth round of the tournament.


Darren Rovell, who covers sports business for ESPN.com, can be reached at Darren.rovell@espn3.com.

ampers&
Sep 27th, 2005, 06:23 AM
:)
Go Serena and whoever designed the earrings.
Great job. :yeah:

VeeReeDavJCap81
Sep 27th, 2005, 06:26 AM
Serena :hearts:

serenafan08
Sep 27th, 2005, 06:54 AM
Combined with her racquet, she contributed almost $25,000 to the relief effort. :bounce: :yeah:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 27th, 2005, 07:37 AM
sweet from serena!

ZeroSOFInfinity
Sep 27th, 2005, 07:38 AM
Cool! The $25000 is more deserving to the victims! Good one Serena! :D

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 27th, 2005, 07:39 AM
I still don't like the idea of making it public.. but at least she is doing teh donnattionn

Williams Rulez
Sep 27th, 2005, 08:16 AM
i dun understand why e earrings only went for 21k... they're worth 40k rite?

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 27th, 2005, 08:19 AM
I suppose it was an auction..

Williams Rulez
Sep 27th, 2005, 08:29 AM
but usually they'd sell more than the original price rite? esp since it was worn by a celebrity...

Xanadu11
Sep 27th, 2005, 08:30 AM
That's great :bounce:

!!!--Duiz™--!!!
Sep 27th, 2005, 08:31 AM
but usually they'd sell more than the original price rite? esp since it was worn by a celebrity...

well... they start ridicoiusly low... to build an addiction to the auction. I think perhaps Bill Gates was not interested in getting earrrings today for his dear Melinda...

tennisrox
Sep 27th, 2005, 08:31 AM
i dun understand why e earrings only went for 21k... they're worth 40k rite?

I was wondering the same thing.I thought they'd sell for more than 210 aces :p