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Cher Auction Of Adelaide's City Key Ruffles Mayors' Feathers (VIDEO)

04/24/2012 05:50 pm ET | Updated Apr 24, 2012

The Australian city of Adelaide isn't singing the praises of Cher after the entertainer chose to auction off a key to the city bestowed upon the artist in 1990.

Cher recently decided to clean house and put a variety of artifacts up for auction on eBay, including an engraved plaque and brass key to the city of Adelaide, Australia.

The auction ends April 26 and the winning bid could be in excess of $100,000, a price that shocks eBay experts like James Massey, who runs WhatSellsBest, a website that tracks sales of rare and unusual items being sold online.

"It's taking off more than other celebrity items, especially considering what it is," Massey told The Huffington Post. "But, sometimes, the people who bid don't actually have the money to buy an item."

Even if the key sells for that much, Cher could be paying a price for it in the form of negative publicity among prominent Australians like Adelaide's current mayor Stephen Yarwood, who told Adelaide Now that he is "exceptionally disappointed."

Another angry Aussie is former mayor Steve Condous, who presented Cher the key to the city of 1.2 million in recognition of her performance at the 1990 Formula One Grand Prix, noting that she "added a lot of charisma" to the event.

"I'm disappointed. I would have thought that getting the key to a city like Adelaide would have had some value to her, but obviously it doesn't because she wouldn't have got rid of it," Condous told the Sydney Morning Herald. "If she didn't want to keep it she should have returned it back to the city."

Meanwhile, Cher is trying to find out exactly how the key went up for sale in the first place and explained her situation in this tweet:

A person connected with the eBay auction told Adelaide Now that the money from the sale will go to Cher's charitable foundation, but Condous believes that charity should begin at home -- if your home is Adelaide.

"It's our key, so I believe the money should come back here," Condous told Adelaide Now.

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