After the Japanese earthquake of 2011, Lady Gaga sold prayer bracelets to raise money for relief efforts, and now she continues her support for Japan, this time through the online auction of a special teacup and saucer set. The news agency AFP reports that proceeds from the auction will go to help young Japanese artists who want to study in the U.S., and so far, bids have reached the equivalent of about $50,000, or just over four million yen.
What makes the teacup and saucer so special? The cup bears Gaga's lipstick print, her autograph, and the message "We pray for Japan" in Japanese. It was used during her press conference Japan last March. The auction ends on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.
Gaga's appreciation for teacups is well-documented. Most recently, the singer and mom Cynthia Germanotta enjoyed tea with Oprah Winfrey , and a few years ago, she was often seen bringing teacups with her to interviews and TV appearances.
Next Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Lady Gaga returns to Japan for three concert dates as part of her Born This Way Ball tour.
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