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Brad Paisley was startled at the sight of the life-size cutout of himself. "Oh my!" he joked. "Who wants that? Do we have 50 cents?"
Jokes aside (the Brad cutout fetched $550), Martina McBride's annual auction event raised $132,500 for the YWCA of Middle Tennessee. Martina was also joined by Jamie O'Neal, Andy Griggs and Chely Wright to pump up the bidding on celebrity memorabilia. "It really means a lot to me when other country artists come out," she said.
Over 500 fans - gathered in a massive tent by the downtown Hilton Hotel - bid on everything from Loretta Lynn's shoes to a guitar autographed by Dolly Parton and personal items donated by Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes and Rascal Flatts.
Nashville resident Beverly Faulkner dished out over $12,000 in a matter of minutes on items from Reba, Waylon and framed lyrics to "Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)" handwritten by Alan Jackson, which she was especially excited about.
"I got caught up in the moment - I was freaking out!" declared Beverly. "I had to have it. It'll take a while to pay off, but to have something like that in your living room ... How can you top that?"
Two bidders forked over $30,000 for lunch with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, a trip to Nashville and tickets to Tim's concert. Martina stopped to call Faith with the news. The auction wound up shattering last year's tally of $86,000.
"I really am amazed at the generosity," Martina said with a smile. "But country music fans are so giving."