Buyers and sellers lost out soon after the Queen’s death to cash in on royal memorabilia sales.
Over the weekend, people around the world rushed to buy souvenirs – from mugs to dolls, newspapers, coins, jewelry and even tea bags – as manufacturers phase out items in the image of the Queen to make room for those of her son King Charles III.
On classifieds site Gumtree, a London-based seller is taking advantage of the moment by listing his collection of Queen Elizabeth commemorative coins for £70,000. On the same site, you can buy a Barbie Queen Elizabeth doll for £3,000 and a stool that the seller says was used at her coronation in 1953 for £650.
On eBay, a copy of London’s Evening Standard newspaper from Friday, the day after news of his death broke, is listed with a “buy now” price of £999.99. A copy of the Telegraph from the same day is currently bidding at £250. And a copy of Friday’s Guardian will set you back £99.
A 1953 coronation cup, given as a gift to British schoolchildren at the time, can be had for between £5 and £10, or an unopened jar of “Ma’amite” is available for £15.
In Canada, meanwhile, a seller has put up for sale, with a starting bid of C$110 (£66), his newspaper scrapbook from the 1951 royal tour of the country. And in Cape Town, South Africa, an artist is selling his floral tribute to the Queen for £2,750.
The Royal Mint has seen an extremely high volume of traffic to its website in the 24 hours since the Queen’s death, with visitors seeking to purchase the latest coins – and new commemorative offers – featuring the Queen’s likeness . A The Twitter user posted a screenshot showing 6,390 people ahead of him in the virtual queue.
As of 11am on Friday, many commemorative coins for Elizabeth II were already out of stock, from an £8 Queen Elizabeth II guilder from 1967 to a £3,575 gold crown issued in 2005 to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar.
On Twitter, meanwhile, a user is selling £1.35 worth of coins for £5.50, or the best offer.
Jubilees, in particular, are worth millions in memorabilia sales. For the Queen’s recent platinum celebration, the Center for Retail Research found that spending on keepsakes, keepsakes and gifts exceeded £281million.
To commemorate her 70-year reign, an eBay user listed a teabag allegedly used by the late Queen for $12,000 (£10,300), and it sold out within days.
The listing read: “It was used by Queen Elizabeth II Regina Britannia and smuggled out of Windsor Castle by the special exterminator who was called in to help Her Majesty deal with the major London cockroach infestations of the 1990s. “
The seller from Georgia, USA, described the tea bag as “‘extremely rare’ and claimed it was smuggled from Windsor Castle in 1998. It came with a certificate of authenticity issued by the Institute of Excellence in Certificates of Authenticity, which stated “has determined beyond doubt that the following statements are absolutely true: This is a tea bag. »
For those who have spent years collecting rare royal memorabilia, the Queen’s death marks the start of the wait for these items. rise in value.
Royal super fan Anita Atkinson, 56, has what is believed to be the largest collection of royal memorabilia in the world, housed in a royal-themed library and museum at her home in Durham.
She told the Newcastle Chronicle she has more than 12,000 memories in total – and has no plans to stop now that the Queen has died.
She was waving the union flag outside her half-mast home and plans to travel to London on Friday for the official period of mourning.
In 2021, a poll by TV producer Nick Bullen for a show about the royal family showed that the Queen’s brand was “superior to Nike, Ferrari and Pepsi” in terms of revenue.
The Queen, according to her research, was 23 times taller than the Beckhams and three times taller than the Obamas in terms of brand recognition and preference.