Now you can own Pharrell Williams's hat seen round the world. The "Happy" singer created a stir on social media sporting the Vivienne Westwood-designed "Mountain" hat at last month's Grammys, and now he's put it up for sale for charity on eBay.
As of this writing, after 64 bids, the hat is going for $10,500. But bidding doesn't end until March 2, the same day that Williams will be performing "Happy" on the Academy Awards, where the hit from "Despicable Me 2" is up for best original song.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the charity From One Hand to Another, which helps children by "giving them the tools and resources to meet their unique potential and empower them to nurture curiosity by learning through new technologies, arts, media and motivation!"
Williams sports a considerably smaller hat in the video for "Happy," but his choice of headwear didn't become an Internet sensation until he appeared wearing the oversized hat on the Grammys, including in his performance with Stevie Wonder and Daft Punk on the robotic duo's "Get Lucky" and his acceptance speech for Album of the Year honors for Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories."
Following the Grammys, there was much talk about that hat, with the creation of a parody Twitter account, Pharrell's Hat, and a good-natured Twitter beef with fastfood chain Arby's, which tweeted, "Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back? #GRAMMYs." Some also pointed out the similarity of the hat to the one worn by cartoon hero Duddley Doright.
Following all the fuss, Williams came clean and admitted it was designed by Westwood, who first gained notice in the mid-'70s designing clothes for punk rock Svengali Malcolm McLaren's boutique called Sex. McLaren, who died in 2010, sported a similar hat in the video his 1982 single "Buffalo Gals."
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