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Props from botched Wonka experience event raise £2,000 for charity

Props from the viral Willy Wonka event in Glasgow have raised more than £2,000 at auction for a Palestinian aid charity.

The backdrops from the botched event – which was pulled after frustrated attendees called the police – were found in a bin.

Monorail record store in Glasgow auctioned them on eBay after they were passed on by the finder.

Monorail online manager Michael Kasparis said they were bought by musician Ben Howard.

He said: “We are all watching it like you’d watch the end of a football game.

“It was £900 and then jumped to £1,050, then one second before it closed it was £2,050 and it came through at £2,250.

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The backdrops in use at the event (Stuart Sinclair/PA)

“We’d thought if it goes into four figures we’d be very happy so it was a pretty amazing result.”

He said the buyer of the backdrops is not from Glasgow but lives elsewhere in the UK.

“I was slightly worried that the joke had gone but it doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon,” he said.

The money raised is being donated to Medical Aid for Palestinians to help provide medical services in Gaza.

Mr Kasparis said: “I personally was a little bit worried that the auction was a bit silly for the cause but we thought if it raises money that’s the most important thing.

“It’s a charity we’ve all donated to and that we all care deeply about and it was kind of a no-brainer when we thought to auction it for charity.”

The Wonka event gained viral notoriety after images of the sparsely decorated warehouse in Glasgow staffed by actors dressed as Oompa Loompas and other characters spread worldwide.