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Big Money Floods In For Nadal, Federer Charity Portraits

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Tennis-minded art lovers have been tripping over themselves to bid up the price of self-portraits by Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as part of the Art Of Tennis charity auction. Within hours of the auctions opening Friday at 8pm GMT / 3pm ET, top bids on both portraits were nearing $9,000.

At 3 am GMT / 10pm ET, bidding on the Federer portrait had reached US$9,400 and bidding on the Nadal portrait had reached US$10,000. The auction will remain open through 28 November, the final day of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The two remaining self-portraits to go under the hammer on eBay also opened for bids Friday. Novak Djokovic’s portrait had topped US$2,000 by 3 am GMT / 10pm ET,  with the Andy Roddick portrait at $1,755.

The first artwork to be auctioned, Robin Soderling’s self-portrait, raised $5,100 for charity after bidding closed Thursday. All auctions remain open for 10 days. The portrait of David Ferrer is next to close on Sunday. Bidding on Andy Murray and Tomas Berdych self-portraits is also underway.

Place Your Bids!

Tennis fans have the chance to own a unique piece of tennis history via the charity auction, with the artwork created by the world’s top tennis players to celebrate their participation in the 2010 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, being played at The O2 from 21-28 November.

All proceeds from the auction of the one-of-a-kind artworks and autographed racquets used by the players will benefit charity, with 50 per cent of the proceeds going to Save The Children and the other 50 per cent going to each player’s chosen charity.

The artworks will also be displayed in the Fan Zone at The O2 from 21-28 November during the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

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