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Frantic fans shell out at Trainspotting charity auction

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The 316 lot auction held in Glasgow exceeded all expectations

An auction of props from the set of the Trainspotting sequel T2 has raised £25,000 for charity.

Fans frantically bid on the 316 lots with most going for way over their expected asking price.

Leith based The Junction and Glasgow’s Calton Athletic will now split the proceeds evenly meaning each will benefit from £12,500.

Some of the biggest sellers at the sale held in Mulberry Bank auction house in Glasgow on Saturday included panels of wallpaper from Ewan McGregor’s Renton character’s bedroom which featured trains selling for £2,200 each.

Renton’s record player went for £1,000, while a scripts with additional hand written notes by the screenwriter John Hodge went for £1,200.

The entire bar from the fictional Port Sunshine pub also went for £1,200

One of the most surprising lots was a broken pool cue used to by Johnny Lee Miller’s character Sick Boy to attack Renton when they first re-met sold for £750 which was 10 times its estimate.

A member of staff at the auction house said it was just as shocked as everyone by some of the prices achieved.

He added: “The pool cue surprised everybody, going at £750.

“The auction has been exceptionally well-received and interest has far surpassed what we would have expected.”

The Junction, an Edinburgh based young person’s charity, told TFN it would use its share to sustain its services.

With its headquarters in Leith, where much of Trainspotting is set, the charity knows only too well the impact of addiction.

It runs counselling and one-to-one support services, education classes on alcohol and sexual health and has a support service for those whose parents are drug users.

Its patron is Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and staff from the charity were on hand to advise during filming, as well as getting to attend the film’s premier.

“We are delighted to be able to receive a share of the auction proceeds along with Calton Athletic,” Sam Anderson, director of the charity said.

“The money will mean so much to both organisations. For us at The Junction, we will be looking to invest it to help sustain the work we do and to promote our nested provision model where young people can access our services in a range of different ways depending on their needs.

“We are really grateful to our patron Irvine Welsh for involving us in the whole Trainspotting experience.

“Attending the premier meant so much to team and young people, it has been so enjoyable for us as all. It has also helped us raise our profile immensely.”

David Main of Calton Athletic, a recovery group that has been helping individuals recover from drug and alcohol addiction in Glasgow and was also involved in the filming of both films, added: "A massive big thank you to Danny Boyle, Andrew Mcdonald, John Hodge and Irvine Welsh for their continuing support of the work work we do at Calton Athletic Recovery Group.

"Also for everyone who helped to raise funds by bidding at the auction, there was a few of our members attended at Mulberry Auctions and it was very exciting and overwhelming on the day.

"The money raised will go towards our running costs and various programmes, activities planned for this year. We rely on self-generated funds and these events are invaluable for our resources. We are totally grateful for the efforts of these guys as they have helped and continue to save lives from the misery of addiction."

The goodwill from the film isn’t over yet though. A further two online auctions are due to be held by London based company Propstore, featuring more key props from the set including Spud’s manuscript will be up for sale.

Anderson added: “We are really excited now to see what the remaining auctions raise.”