STRATFORD, Ont. — If you happened to be an elementary school student at Stratford Northwestern in 2006-07, you might want to look through your closet for that yearbook you tucked away somewhere.
The yearbook from that year, entitled Huskie Pups, was bid up to $1,700 on eBay as of Wednesday afternoon.
The reason? The yearbook not only has several photos of megastar Justin Bieber, who was in Grade 7 at the time, but it also has a personal autograph to the yearbook’s original owner.
Bieber’s class photo is in the book along with team photos from ping-pong, basketball, chess and soccer. There’s also an individual student photo and a candid photo taken in the school yard.
The item description says, “Yearbook with Justin Bieber signature before famous!!”
If the $1,700 figure is not stunning enough, consider that the deadline for bidding is still a week away.
The yearbook is just one of more than 16,000 Bieber-related items for sale on the online auction site.
Deb McNair, principal at Northwestern, was only somewhat surprised that the Huskies yearbook was an eBay item. Justin’s alma mater has become somewhat of a tourist destination.
“Justin played a concert in London a couple of weeks ago and the next day there was a steady stream of young women coming through the school,” said McNair. “They were from all over Canada and wanted to walk the halls, see his homeroom and get their picture taken in front of his locker.”
McNair said someone at the school remembered where Justin’s locker had been and that he had actually autographed it as a student. Much to her chagrin, one of the janitors had taken cleaner to it and erased the signature, greatly diminishing the value of the locker door.
And there are no extra copies of the yearbook around either.
“Nope, we don’t have any extra copies,” joked McNair. “I wish we did. We wouldn’t have to fundraise or sell oranges or chocolates.”
On Tuesday night (August 31), Justin Bieber took over the world's most famous arena (New York City's Madison Square Garden) and trotted out a team of superstars for the 16-year-old pop superstar's biggest concert to date. The concert included appearances by Miley Cyrus, Usher, Boyz II Men, Ludacris and Jaden Smith (as well as regular guest star and opening act Sean Kingston), and it saw Bieber truly coming into his own as a dynamic stage presence. He was able to hold his own with everybody, be it his tag-team with Smith on "Never Say Never" or his duet with Cyrus on "Overboard."
In a little under a year, he has gone from a kid who managed to whip off a few impressive Internet videos to a charismatic star who had no trouble captivating the sold-out crowd at MSG.
That bodes well for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, which includes Bieber among the roster of performers (a list that also includes Eminem, Drake, Paramore, B.o.B, Kanye West, Florence and the Machine and Linkin Park). Yesterday, we asked exactly which song Bieber should unleash at the awards, and fans seemed to prefer the idea of Bieber teaming up with mentor Usher (who will also be performing at the show) for a take on their remix of "Somebody to Love."
That track won the voting in the poll, taking home 34 percent of the votes cast. "Never Say Never," the duet with Smith, came in second place with 21 percent, while "Baby" (Bieber's biggest hit to date) came in third with 14 percent. "One Time" (the singer's first breakout hit) picked up 10 percent (general sentiment on that song was that it was too old), while "U Smile" and "Runaway Love" (the remix that includes Kanye West and Raekwon) each grabbed eight percent. That left "Eenie Meenie" at the rear with five percent.
Whatever he ends up performing, it will certainly be a memorable VMAs for Bieber, who will be competing for the Moonman for Best New Artist (for "Baby") against the likes of Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo and Broken Bells.
The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can go to VMA.MTV.com (or text VMA to 97979 for Verizon subscribers) to vote for the winners from now through September 12.