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$100,000 bidder on Cher Key to Adelaide says he won't pay up & only bid in protest

A man who bid almost $100,000 for Cher's Key to the Australian City of Adelaide says he has no intention of paying for it.

Melbourne resident Robert McDougall placed the dummy bid on eBay to protest Cher's insult to the people of Australia for selling the key. He told The Age that he pushed up the bids as a joke.

In the past 30 years only 33 keys have been given out. One of those was to for the Dalai Lama.

Someone in Cher's office is supposedly responsible for the giving the key away to be auctioned off on eBay. 'I'm upset 2 & trying 2get2 bottom! I Think my office fkd up?' she tweeted after finding out the news.

She was given the Key To Adelaide after her performance at the Grand Prix in the city in 1990. Former Adelaide mayor told The Age 'If she didn't want to keep it she should have returned it back to the city'.

The seller went by the name Authentic_Cher & claimed the item came directly from her home in Malibu.

McDougall's winning dummy bid was $US95,900.

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The only key Cher should be given is a key to the Psychiatric Institute - there I said it.
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I think she should have just admitted she authorised the sale & infact even have said upfront that she was within her rights to do so as it was gifted to her & therefore became her's to do as she saw fit.

I don't think she was really obliged to anyone - it was a gift after all.

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wow thats mad
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Prob has to get fugged by the mayor as a gift token.
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I don't think she was really obliged to anyone - it was a gift after all.

I think its wrong and I agree with the views of the bidder.
This isn't any other normal gift.
This is an honorary gift.
It is given to a person when the city wants to honour that person for something he/she has done for that city.
To trade the honour for cash simply shows that you do not respect the city that has bestowed you the honour.
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I've been trying to look this on google, but what the h*ll is a Cher Key to Adelaide........
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hmm.....'Cher Key' is a misnomer.The original article was pulled from daily mail & them folks are not exactly the brightest & most intelligent in the way they write their stories & articles when it comes to grammar & correct sentence structure use hence the tag line 'daily fail'.

Here is a bit of history lesson for you.

Freedom of the City is an honour bestowed by some municipalities in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom, Gibraltar & Zimbabwe to esteemed members of its community & to organisations to be honoured, often for service to the community; the term applies to two separate honours, one civilian & one military. Key to the City is a similar award made in several other countries, & is more prevalent in the United States.

Forms of freedom of the city
Military privilege
Freedom of the City is an ancient honour granted to martial organizations, allowing them the privilege to march into the city "with drums beating, colours flying, & bayonets fixed".

This honour dates back to the laws of ancient Rome that made it a capital offence for Roman legions to enter the city in formation or with weapons without permission. This was meant to ensure that ambitious generals did not mount a military coup against the Senate. (It was that law that Julius Caesar broke when crossing the Rubicon). Similar laws were passed by cities throughout the Medieval era, also to protect civic security & rights, even against their own king's troops.

However, legions, regiments, or other martial groups that had given heroic service or whose honour was beyond question, might be granted Freedom of the City: the group would not have to disarm or break ranks before the city gates were opened to them. Given the serious risk the city would be running, this was a rare honour.

Today, martial freedom of the city is an entirely ceremonial honour, but remains the oldest & one of the highest civic honours in the Commonwealth of Nations.

Entitlement to civil privileges
A slightly more common freedom of the city is connected to the medieval concept of "free status", when city & town charters drew a distinction between freemen & vassals of a feudal lord. As such, freemen actually pre-date 'boroughs'. Early freedom of the boroughs ceremonies had great importance in affirming that the recipient enjoyed privileges such as the right to trade & own property, & protection within the town.

Civic honour
In contemporary society, the award of honorary freedom of the city or borough tends to be entirely ceremonial, given by the local government in many towns & cities on those who have served in some exceptional capacity, or upon any whom the city wishes to bestow an honour.

The key to the City award is used in many places, in a manner similar to freedom of the city (see below).

The Key to the City is a similar award that is descended from Freedom of the City. It is used in several countries, but is especially popular in the United States.

An ornamental key is presented to esteemed visitors, residents, or others the city wishes to honor. Evoking medieval walled cities whose gates were guarded during the day & locked at night, the key symbolises the freedom of the recipient to enter & leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents.

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Evoking medieval walled cities whose gates were guarded during the day & locked at night, the key symbolises the freedom of the recipient to enter & leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents.[/B]

Here's a curious thought that came to mind...
I wonder if a non-resident recipient of the key is subject to VISA regulations of that country?


But I should think so... since VISA is regulated by the country, not the city of which he has the key.
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