Remember when everyone thought collecting Beanie Babies would make them rich someday? Yeah, that didn’t really work out. But one young couple in the U.K. may have just stumbled upon one of the rarest and there most valuable stupid stuffed bear in existence.
Leah Rogers and Ryan Flanaghan bought a purple Beanie Baby in a “trunk boot sale,” which we can only assume is something like a garage sale, but out of your car’s trunk. They paid £10 (roughly $15 USD) for the toy, which is actually one of just 100 made to honour Princess Diana after her death in 1997. Only 100 first editions of this particular bear were made, with future editions much less valuable.
From The Independent:
…Flanaghan, a builder, was once a beanie-baby enthusiast, and recognised the bear as potentially the most valuable one out there.
They confirmed that it was the extremely rare bear — handmade in Indonesia in 2007 with special pellets and wording on the tag that refers to the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
There was a poem as well, about Princess Diana: “Like an angel she came from heaven above; she shared her compassion, her pain, her love; she only stayed with us long enough to teach the world to share, to give, to reach.”
There is some debate about how much the bear is worth, as some Ebay listings for other Princess Di bears are much lower, between £1,000 and £14,000. However, at least one was seen listed at £62,500. That’s just over $93,000 USD! For a stuffed bear!
The couple has listed the bear in an online auction, starting at £25,000. They hope any proceeds will help them put down a deposit on their first house.