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Paris Hilton, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Bill Gates' Autographed Staplers Are Top Sellers on Staples' Online Auction; 'Staplers of the Stars' Raises More Than $50,000 For Charity

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Dec 8, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Going, going, gone! The 'Staplers of the Stars' online auction of autographed staplers is now closed, with big names from pop culture to big business netting over $50,000 for charity and dozens of top bidders receiving one of the season's most talked about holiday gifts. Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world's largest office products retailer, announced today that Paris Hilton's autographed stapler received the highest bid of $4,101.00 with proceeds awarded to Staples Foundation For Learning(TM). Other top selling autographed staplers included Jennifer Love Hewitt ($3,005.00), Bill Gates ($3,005.00), Tiger Woods ($1,030.00), Donald Trump ($1,005.00), Ringo Starr ($1,000.00) and Katie Couric ($850.00).

More than 140 celebrities from film, music, business and professional sports participated in the auction on Staples.com by donating an autographed stapler. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to charities designated by the celebrities including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, ALS Association and Staples Foundation for Learning(TM).

"From the celebrities who donated their autographed stapler to the customers who placed bids, we're grateful to everyone who participated in our charity auction," said Shira Goodman, executive vice president of marketing for Staples. "These individuals made it easy for dozens of non-profit organizations to benefit from the money raised through their generosity."

The staplers will be delivered to the winning bidders displayed in a trophy-style case ready for holiday giving or showing off to friends and family. For those individuals who were outbid, Staples suggests its revolutionary One-Touch(TM) stapler, which was featured throughout the auction, as a memorable stocking stuffer. ($14.99 at www.staples.com or at Staples stores nationwide.)

(Editor's Note: Celebrity stapler photography is available upon request. A list of some of the top winning bids is attached. For a complete list, click on http://www.businesswire.com/cnn/spls.htm

About Staples

Staples, Inc. invented the office superstore concept in 1986 and today is the world's largest office products retailer. With 60,000 talented associates, the company is committed to making it easy to buy a wide range of office products, including supplies, technology, furniture, and business services. With 2003 sales of $13 billion, Staples serves consumers and businesses ranging from home-based businesses to Fortune 500 companies in 19 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates approximately 1,600 office superstores and also serves its customers through mail order catalog, e-commerce and contract businesses. More information is available at www.staples.com.

                         Staplers of the Stars
                      Online Charity Auction 2004
                          Top 20 Winning Bids

CELBRITY               WINNING BID  CHARITY

Paris Hilton           $4,101.00   Staples Foundation for Learning
Jennifer Love Hewitt   $3,005.00   St. Jude's Children's Research
                                    Hospital
Bill Gates             $3,005.00   Staples Foundation for Learning
Tiger Woods            $1,030.00   Tiger Woods Foundation
Donald Trump           $1,005.00   Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS
                                    Foundation
Ringo Starr            $1,000.00   Women's American ORT
Ringo Starr #2         $1,000.00   Lotus Foundation
Katie Couric           $850.00     National Colorectal Cancer Research
                                    Alliance
Rudy Giuliani          $805.00     Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Cher                   $800.00     Staples Foundation for Learning
Kim Cattrall           $730.00     The Retreat Battered Women's
                                    Shelter
Meryl Streep           $705.00     Donor's CHOOSE
Adam Vinatieri         $680.00     Mass Boys State Foundation
Tom Brady              $620.00     Junipero Serra High School
Hank Aaron             $580.00     Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream
                                    Foundation
Heather Graham         $551.00     Santa Monica UCLA Rape Treatment
                                    Center
Tom Stemberg           $505.00     Boston Symphony Orchestra
Ellen DeGeneres        $505.00     Kitten Rescue
Cyndi Lauper           $505.00     The Luke Neuhedel Foundation
Samuel L. Jackson      $505.00     Artists for a New South Africa

SOURCE: Staples

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