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Led Zeppelin tickets raise $170,000 for charity

A man from Glasgow paid 83,000 pounds ($170,000) for a pair of tickets to a one-off Led Zeppelin reunion gig in London on December 10, according to the BBC which organized the charity auction.
/ Source: Reuters

A man from Glasgow paid 83,000 pounds ($170,000) for a pair of tickets to a onetime Led Zeppelin reunion gig in London on Dec. 10, according to the BBC which organized the charity auction.

Kenneth Donell was the winner of Thursday's sale held by radio host Terry Wogan for the Children in Need charity. Over the last four days, the auction has raised 894,000 pounds (nearly $1.83 million), the BBC added.

Several million fans tried to buy tickets to the Led Zeppelin reunion gig at London's O2 arena, which had to be postponed after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a finger.

The tickets went on sale at 125 pounds each, although they are trading at several times that on the online auction site www.ebay.co.uk.

In addition to watching the concert, Donell will also be allowed to watch Led Zeppelin rehearse the day before and take home a signed memento from the 1970s rockers.

On Wednesday, Martin Ainscough from Wigan paid 250,000 pounds ($511,250) to have Aled Jones and Katie Melua perform a private gig in Manchester.

The Children in Need charity initiative culminates with a fundraising television show on Friday.