R&B superstar Usher almost parted company with $80,000 (£53,300) at a charity auction earlier this week (begs28Oct13) but was outbid at the last minute.

The Yeah hitmaker was determined to become the owner of a Richard Avedon photograph which was put under the hammer at the Angel Ball in New York City on Tuesday (29Oct13).

He furiously bid up to $80,000 but was beaten to the lot by jeweller designer Lorraine Schwartz, the woman behind Kim Kardashian's huge diamond engagement ring from Kanye West, who laid down $85,000 (£56,600) .

The event went on to raise $3 million (£2 million) for cancer charities.