Former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell parted with her pop diva wardrobe and other memorabilia at a Sotheby's auction, raising nearly $250,000 for a children's cancer charity.

The Union Jack dress worn by Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice, for a performance at last year's Brit Awards was the highlight on the Wednesday event. The dress fetched $69,000.Halliwell, 26, who quit the group in June, stood by the auctioneer to see the dress sold to Peter Morton of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas.

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