UK couple discover their second-hand teddy is worth $90,000
The teddy’s value stems from it being a first edition released soon after the shock death of Princess Diana in 1997, and is one of only 100 made
A UK couple who bought a second-hand purple teddy for $15 at a market made a surprising discover – that the small purple bear had a market value of around $90,000.
The teddy’s value stems from it being a first edition released soon after the shock death of Princess Diana in 1997, and is one of only 100 made.
Ryan Flanaghan and his partner Leah Rogers made the lucky discovery after Flanaghan attended the sale to offload some of his old toys.
There, they spotted a trader selling the ultra-rare bear for only £10 ($15).
“We couldn’t believe it. We picked it up for £10 and it could be worth tens of thousands,” Rogers told UK newspaper The Daily Mail.
Bears of the same range are regularly listed on online auctions giant Ebay for around $90,000.
The couple plan to use the money from the treasure teddy to put down a down payment on a house.
“It’s so hard for young people to get on the property ladder so we think this could really be a blessing,” Rogers added.
The rare range of bears, from the Beanie Babies plush toy line, was produced to raise money for the Princess of Wales Memorial Trust – a now defunct charity fund established to create a legacy to Princess Diana’s humanitarian work.