SIR Elton John was left heartbroken yesterday (21NOV06) when his dreams of appearing in the next Superman movie were dashed at a celebrity auction. The ROCKET MAN singer bid GBP40,000 ($72,000) for the walk-on part but was outbid by British businessman SIR PHILIP GREEN, who paid GBP50,000 ($90,000) for his wife TINA to appear alongside the Man Of Steel. An anonymous bidder paid GBP30,000 ($54,000) for a romantic dinner with Paris Hilton in Los Angeles at the London auction to raise funds for the Old Vic theatre. The Old Vic's artistic director Kevin Spacey says, "This was a great event and a really valuable contribution to our work at the theatre."