It’s not every day you get the chance to buy a life-size model of
the girl of your dreams - but last month every console addict had the
chance to make their fantasy come true.
A life-size plaster mannequin of virtual heroine Lara Croft was up for
grabs at an online auction to raise money for Youthnet, the UK’s leading
internet charity, which runs youth-oriented web site TheSite.org. The
auction was organised by the British Interactive Multimedia Association
(BIMA), as part of its ongoing support of Youthnet as its charity of the
The mannequin was created for an in-store promotion for Eidos, the
creators of Tomb Raider, the game that turned Lara into a worldwide
BIMA rescued Lara from her storage-room confinement when it contacted
Eidos, which was happy to release her.
With the cyberbabe as its star lot, the auction was promoted in lads’
mags as well as online. Yahoo provided free auction facilities and
bidders accessed the auction through the BIMA web site.
There were eight bidders for Lara, who was snapped up for pounds 910
With the new owner reluctant to reveal their identity, Mix can only
wonder what new adventures Lara is getting up to.