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World Cup final ball sold for $74K on eBay

Sunday, July 18, 2010

The ball used in the 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands has been sold for $74,000 on eBay with the money being raised going to charity.

All proceeds from the sale will go to 46664, Nelson Mandela's HIV/Aids education and prevention campaign.

According to eBay, the controversy around the ball, named Jabulani from the Zulu word for "to celebrate", has fuelled interest.

The adidas ball has been a focus of wide controversy as most deemed the ball too fast while others were upset the teams didn't have the chance to practice more with the ball as it was designed differently.

The gold version used in the final was given the name Jo'bulani.

"Unique pieces of sporting memorabilia have always been extremely popular on eBay," said eBay spokesperson Ruth Szyszkowski.

"The interest in this particular piece seems not only heightened by the controversy surrounding it, but also the proceeds benefiting such a great cause."

The rules of eBay prohibit the buyer from being revealed, but adidas said later that a group of Spanish fans made the highest bid.

The memorabilia attracted bidders from 55 different nations and had 133 different bids.

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