Remember the Union Jack minidress that Geri Halliwell wore at the height of her fame (1997) as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls? It sold for $69,000 last week at an auction by Sotheby's at the Hard Rock Cafe in London. Winning a long competition with The Sun, the buyer was the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

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Earlier, a notebook containing Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for the Beatles hit "Hey Jude" was bought for $167,000 by Alan Murphy, a Lancashire businessman.The sale benefited a children's cancer charity.

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