Which Sci-Fi Actor Raised $25,000 For Charity By Selling His Kidney Stone?
Answer: William Shatner
In 2005, while working on the set of Boston Legal, William Shatner experienced unbearable back pain that prompted him to drop to his knees, and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors removed a sizable kidney stone and Shatner received an offer we less-famous folks would have never received afterwards: GoldenPalace.com—the online gambling house known for their self-promoting stunts and collection of oddities—offered to buy his kidney stone for $15,000. Shatner had this to say about it:
When Julien’s Auctions contacted me about selling my kidney stone to GoldenPalace.com for an original price of $15,000 I turned it down knowing that my tunics from Star Trek have commanded more than $100,000. I offered the stone, stint and string for $25,000 and informed Darren Julien that 100% of the proceeds would go to benefit Habitat for Humanity and I retain visitation rights.
GoldenPalace.com agreed, cut a check for $25,000 for Habitat for Humanity, which made a nice addition to the $20,000 donation the cast of Boston Legal had raised the year before, and the charity ended up with a sizable donation on behalf of Mr. Shatner’s misbehaving kidneys.
Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.