Kathy Hilton Calls On Famous Friends to Help Raise Money for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Published: Dec. 21, 2007 at 3:18 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 21, 2007 at 3:23 PM EST
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kathy Hilton thinks you might want to own a pair of Mel Gibson's jeans, Dean Martin's golf club or Tom Cruise's autographed Ray-Ban shades.

That's why she collected these and two dozen other items from her famous friends and put them up for sale on eBay. Money raised from the online auction will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"Christmas is my favorite time of year," said Hilton, mom to famous daughters Paris and Nicky. "I worked with Make-A-Wish before, and I wanted to do something really special for Christmas."

Hilton said she turned her bedroom into an office and worked the phones for a week straight, calling "different celebrities and sports figures and just seeing what I could get."

Even she was impressed with the take, which includes a pair of Johnny Carson's cuff links, Lucille Ball's teacup and saucer, and an "Ocean's Thirteen" script signed by the film's cast.

"I love the Tom Cruise sunglasses," Hilton said. "I would love to have any one of these things."

The online auction ends Wednesday.

"Hopefully this goes well and I'll make it an annual thing," Hilton said. But she won't be able to check out the items online: "I don't know how to work the computer."