Arby’s says it purchased Pharrell’s Vivienne Westwood-designed hat, which the producer wore at the 2014 Grammys, for $44,100 in an eBay auction, according to a Twitter post made by the company.
“Thank you to whoever bought my Grammy hat on @eBay for $44,100. Your donation benefits From One Hand To AnOTHER,” Pharrell said in a Twitter post yesterday (March 2).
Arby’s responded to the Twitter post.
“You’re welcome. We’re HAPPY to support a great cause & get our hat back. Good luck at the #Oscars tonight,” Arby’s said.
Proceeds from this auction went to Pharrell’s From One Hand To Another non-profit organization, according to Billboard.
“A genius denotes someone who knows a lot on their own—self-contained,” Pharrell said in the HipHopDX exclusive. “And I’m not. All of my work is a direct reaction to meeting all these very interesting people with whom I’ve collaborated. I’ve learned so much about their processes and who they were, and their vibes have inspired me. In that case, I just could not take authorship for my path. I know that I’ve elected to take some of the choices, turns and the direction that I’ve taken. But I know at the same time, there are these integral people in our lives from time to time who come in, give us direction and guide us. They tell us which way to go, and those are the people I feel like are just as much… They share the authorship for all of my successes…So I’m not comfortable in that. I would say I’ve had a lot of really, really, really good help. And I’m just thankful that people have seen something in me, and I was smart enough to allow them to guide me in the right direction. That’s the closest to that term I could ever come to. I’m smart enough to listen to other people, but nowhere near genius.”