Pharrell Williams Infamous Mountain Hat Racks Up Bids For His Charity

By Karen Bliss 2/27/14 |

Pharrell Williams and his hat — photo credit: courtesy of eBay.
Pharrell Williams' infamous “Mountain” hat, the one by designer Vivienne Westwood that looks like an oversized elongated Canadian Mountie Stetson, is up to 80 bids on eBay, amounting to $15,100 (US) to date. Three days remain on the auction with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting his From One Hand To Another.

One Hand to Another is a U.S. based charity, started by Pharrell in 2008 in his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia, “because he believed that every child could be successful if only they had the right tools,” it states in the “about” section of its web site. Its mission is to change the world one kid at a time by giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential and empower them to nurture curiosity by learning through new technologies, arts, media and motivation.

The organization has helped thousands of underserved youth and their families and his big goal is the building of a $35 million community centre to be called The Pharrell Williams Resource Center (PWRC). He is involved in the fundraising campaigns for its construction and the development of its programs.

Those wishing to bid on the Mountain hat must be placed on a pre-approved list by emailing the seller (see web page). The auction is being managed by promotional agency Kompolt. Worldwide shipping by USPS priority mail is free (excluding any duty and tax charges). The hat comes with a letter of authenticity. In a tweet, Pharrell says the hat cost him $200, the amount chosen as the starting bid.

Now, however, the hat is as famous as he is.

“Bid on the hat that took the 2014 GRAMMY Awards and social media by storm!” it says in the eBay description.

Pharrell, a solo artist and one half of production team The Neptunes, has been part of the biggest hits of the past year, Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” and Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” His current hit “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack has also been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song taking place this Sunday, March 1. He will perform the song too. His new solo album, G I R L, his first since 2006’s In My Mind, drops on March 3.

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