Hotel heiress Paris Hilton is beating out her fellow celebrities Cher, Donald Trump and RINGO STARR - in a stapler auction.

Office retailer STAPLES is holding a STAPLERS OF THE STARS online charity auction of celebrity-signed staplers. With more than 140 celebrities in the mix, Hilton's stapler is currently leading the pack at $1,005 (GBP528).

Hilton is followed by Trump and American TV journalist Katie Couric, whose autographed staplers are each going for $800 (GBP444). Other staplers being bid on are signed by basketball ace Kobe Bryant, MICROSOFT founder Bill Gates and former New York Mayor RUDY GUILIANI.

All of the proceeds go to a charity of each star's choosing.

Bidding on the staplers, which began on 16 November (04), will come to an end tomorrow (06DEC04).

05/12/2004 10:26