There’s a bit of controversy brewing between Adelaide and Hollywood, with the city’s former officials furious with the singer Cher for apparently selling the commemorative keys to the city she was given as part of performing at the 1990 Australian Grand Prix.
The brass key and accompanying memorial plaque turned up on eBay the other day and has since sold for close to $100,000. It was sold by a user ‘Authentic_Cher’, claiming to be the singer’s “personal consignor”.
“It must be very embarrassing for her if she is selling it because she needs the money,” he told the AFP.
Former mayor Steve Condous, who personally presented her with the memorabilia 22 years ago (pictured, top), is equally frustrated.
“If she didn’t want to keep it she should have returned it back to the city,” he added.
Meanwhile, the 65-year-old singer is reportedly mystified at the sale, and has laid the blame with her assistants.
“I’m upset 2 & trying 2get2 bottom! I Think my office fkd up?” she wrote on her Twitter feed.
When Adelaide held the season-ending Australian Grand Prix between 1985-1995, it enjoyed a reputation for attracting several headline international acts to perform at its post-race concerts, including Bon Jovi and Tina Turner.