In the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s passing on Thursday, people on the internet are trying to sell several odd objects at shocking prices to commemorate her 70-year reign — including a teabag that was allegedly smuggled out of Windsor Castle in 1998.
The teabag, which the listing claims to have been used by the late Queen before it was smuggled out of her residence by an exterminator during the great roach infestation of the ’90s, appeared on eBay for $12,000.
“This is the very teabag you might have seen on CNN in late 1998,” the listing reads. “Own a piece of History! Priceless!”
The teabag comes with a so-called Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Institute of Excellence in Certificates of Authenticity, which says the IECA “has determined beyond any doubt that the following statements are absolutely true: This is a teabag.”
Some of the listings were head-turners, including not one, but two life-sized wax statues of Her Royal Highness — both currently going for $15,900.
The wax statues are both listed by the same seller, and the descriptions claim that each figure has real human hair, resin eyeballs designed based on a human pupil and teeth designed using dental veneer templates.
A lucky buyer can also purchase a 1953 Queen Elizabeth II stamp sheet from Singapore for just $39,888 plus a $288.80 shipping fee, bringing the total to over $40,176.80.
One of the most expensive listings is a Winsor & Newton 1977 Queen Elizabeth Jubilee sterling silver and Calamander wood artist box, which is going for $51,597 as of Thursday evening. The one-of-a-kind box is apparently “the largest artist box you will ever see,” according to the listing.
The listing alleges that the box “was made as a presentation gift to Queen Elizabeth II on her Silver Jubilee in 1977,” and the seller has “no idea if it was ever given to our good Queen as it doesn’t come with any paperwork.”
Queen Elizabeth II collectible items seem to be hot sellers, with a set of three vintage trading cards being sold for $29,000. The cards include “The Heir Presumptive” — Queen Elizabeth as a child, “The Queen’s State Crown” and “The Queen’s Mother.”
One seller posted what they claim to be the original mourning letter of King George VI signed by the Queen, which is going for $7,500, but the authenticity of both the letter and signature is unclear.
A Barbie Signature Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Collector that is listed as “new” and is still in the box currently has a bid of $560.
Some of the smaller ticket items include a $70 vintage 1953 Coronation tin box, a $100 handkerchief from the Queen’s coronation, a “used” Royal Family album going for $279, a Royal Doulton Figurine of the Queen with a current bid of $206.50, and a Pop! Royals Queen Elizabeth II Vinyl Figure being sold for $250.
All items appeared almost immediately after the royal family confirmed the monarch’s death after doctors in Britain had her placed under “medical supervision.”
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