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Mary-Kate and Ashley end All Black winning streak

Mary-Kate and Ashley end All Blacks' winning streak

New Zealand's World Cup All Black squad went head-to-head with American teen entrepreneurs Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen at a charity auction last week - and came off second best.

The charity auction, held at Auckland Sky City Theatre, was organised by Young Variety - The Children's Charity to raise funds for their "bikes for kids" programme.

Eliciting bids from Young Variety's many supporters was an All Black training shirt signed by the 2003 World Cup squad. It eventually sold for $12100.

The shirt was followed by the auction of an autographed set of Mary-Kate and Ashley fashion dolls. The bidding openedstarted at $1,000 and quickly rose with the hammer finally falling at $2,000.

The evening was hosted by Young Variety ambassador Stacey Daniels and attended by more than 700 people including celebrities Katrina Devine, Erika Takacs, Kelly Swanson-Roe and one very very happybig Mary-Kate and Ashley fan.

Mary-Kate and Ashley are the names and faces behind the mary-kateandashley brand. The much-anticipated New Zealand launch of the mary-kateandashley brand takes place on September 20 when the fashion and lifestyle ranges launch at 20 of The Warehouse stores. The mary-kateandashley brand entertainment products will be available at all The Warehouse stores nationwide.

The mary-kateandashley brand is the most successful girls brand in North America, England, Canada and Australia, with retail sales approaching U.S. $1 billion in 2002.

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