Rarest Beanie Baby bought for just £10 at car boot sale could be sold for £62,500 on eBay

A couple from Cornwall has bought the bear for just £10 at a car boot sale

Zachary Davies Boren
Monday 20 April 2015 10:27 BST
A Princess Diana beanie baby is up for sale on eBay at £62,500
A Princess Diana beanie baby is up for sale on eBay at £62,500 (eBay)

So it turns out that some beanie babies can make you rich.

Young couple Leah Rogers and Ryan Flanaghan bought a purple beanie bear beanie at a car boot sale in Bude, Cornwall for £10 — it could now be worth more than £62,000.

The toy, which they picked up on the most recent Bank Holiday Monday, is one of just 100 'first edition' bears made to honour Princess Diana after her death in 1997.

For comparison, a second-edition bear is sold for around £25.

According to a Daily Mail report, 22-year old builder Flanaghan was once a beanie baby enthusiast, and recognised the bear as potentially the most valuable one out there.

The couple confirmed that it was in fact the extremely rare bear — handmade in Indonesia in 2007 with special pellets and a 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."

Another first edition Princess Diana bear is reportedly listed on eBay for £62,500.

Other similar beanie babies are available for far less, however, with some on offer for between £1,000 and £14,000.

The couple have now put their own purple collectible up for online auction, starting the bidding at £25,000. They hope to spend the proceeds on a deposit for a house.

Rogers, 20, told the Mail: "We couldn't believe it. We picked it up for £10 and it could be worth tens of thousands.

"It's so hard for young people to get on the property ladder so we think this could really be a blessing."

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