Julia Gillard scarf sparks bidding frenzy

Julia Gillard scarf sparks bidding frenzy (Getty)

It's no secret that Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is a fan of knitting.

She has revealed in the past that she loves nothing more than relaxing with a ball of yarn and two knitting needles after a busy day.

This has caused a lot of excitement in the craft community, so much so that this week when she auctioned off one of her homemade scarves for charity it sparked a bidding frenzy.

Canberra Times reports that at the press gallery Midwinter Ball this week there was a charity auction, with the scarf proving to be the most fought-over item on the night.

Some 48 bids were registered on eBay for the scarf, which eventually sold for an impressive $4,050.

Paul Donohoe from ball organiser, BDW Special Events Management, told the newspaper that the scarf would be made to order, with the winning bidder allowed to even choose their own colour yarn.

It's not known what the lucky owner of the scarf has decided on yet, but they have certainly helped to raise a lot of money for the charities supporting the ball, making more than $2 million in total.

This year's recipients of donations will include the Indigenous Reading Project, Lifeline Australia, Red Cross ACT, SpinalCure Australia, the MS Society of the ACT and the Inspire Foundation.

There were many more exciting items and experiences to bid on at the event.

Among the auction lots was dinner with deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop and former liberal party leader Malcolm Turnbull and cycling with opposition leader Tony Abbot followed by breakfast.

The 14th annual ball has caused controversy in the past when activist group GetUp! used the event to make a series of political statements, such as successfully bidding for three same-sex couples to have dinner with the PM and an Afghan refugee to have a surfing lesson with Mr Abbott.

However, despite media speculation the group did not make any bids this year.

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