Scarlett Johansson lost the opportunity to claim Hugh Jackman’s shirt as a prize when she was outbid at a Broadway charity auction.
Actor Hugh Jackman put one of his shirts up for bid Tuesday following his one man Broadway Show, “Hugh Jackman Returns to Broadway”. The bidding started after Hugh acknowledged friends Uma Therman and Scarlett Johansson in the audience.
After both actresses had placed bids, Scarlett Johansson ran on stage with a $3,000 bid, however she was quickly outbid. The final price the shirt went for was ten times as much at $30,000.
Jackman’s 10-week show involves an 18-piece orchestra and several female background dancers. The show was introduced to raise funds for the charity Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization that funds the social service work of The Actors Fund and award grants to AIDS service organizations nationwide. In three weeks the show has earned $857,740 in donations.
The actor typically auctions off his shirts from the performance at the end of the show, which go for about $10,000 each. With auctions combined he has raised almost $1 million for the charity.
Jackman’s Broadway act is part of the Gypsy of the Year fundraising event. It involves six weeks of fundraising by some of Broadways most talented singers and actors. This year marks the 23rd Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition, which has raised an all-time high of $4,895,253.
The Gypsy charity event has been running since 1989. In total, the 23 editions of Gypsy of the Year have raised $49,031,973 to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.