Tuesday, 25 August 2009

DIVA's exclusive Martina Navratilova auction closes at £310!

DIVA magazine's exclusive auction for a signed photo of Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has sold for £310.All proceeds from the online sale, which closed at 11.17am on 16 August, will go to the charity, Save the Rhino International.

Save the Rhino works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.

Speaking to DIVA, Cathy Dean, Director of Save the Rhino International, said: “Martina is such a star; she has supported us for years. Her help now is so valuable, because despite our best efforts, rhino poaching is at a 15-year high.

“The £310 raised from the sale of this signed photo is enough to pay the salary of one of our game scouts for a year – every bit really does help.”

The auction, which started 6 August 2009 at 99p, lasted for ten days, steadily rising day after day with a total of 30 bids.

The stunning magazine shoot, including the aforementioned photo, is part of a 5-page spread in the new issue and took place in central London, last month. The edition is available to buy now.

During her interview, Navratilova talks romance, press intrusion and, of course, sport. Speaking to editor Jane Czyzselska, she said: "When I've cried after matches, it wasn't about the tennis. In 1976 it was the first anniversary of my defection from Czechoslovakia and the cry was about 'Oh my God, I've lost the first round and what's my life coming to. Did I make the right decision?"

For more information about Save the Rhino, visit them at savetherhino.org.

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