Wedding-hat bids are near $30K on eBay

Online auctioneer eBay says bids for one of the wackiest pieces of royal wedding headgear have approached $30,000.
In this file picture, Prince Andrew and his daughter Princess Beatrice leave Westminster Abbey at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in London last month. Online auctioneer eBay says bids for Beatrice's wacky headgear are approaching $30,000 (Gero Breloer/Associated Press)

Online auctioneer eBay says that bids for one of the wackiest pieces of royal wedding headgear have approached $30,000.

Princess Beatrice's massive, ring-and-bow-shaped hat, turned heads at the wedding of her cousin Prince William last month and has since become an Internet sensation.

The Philip Treacy creation has been compared to a toilet seat or a pretzel, and has been endlessly photoshopped to feature, for example, a cat crawling through it.

Beatrice has taken the joke in stride, featuring some of the most startling hat-inspired works on the eBay website. Money from the hat's sale is going to Unicef and Children in Crisis.

She said she hoped whoever bought the hat would have "as much fun with it as I have."

The auction ends on Sunday.