Old bracelets given to people queuing to see the Queen interred at Westminster Hall are selling on eBay for four figures.
After paying their respects to Queensome mourners were quick to post their used wearables on the online marketplace, with the highest list price to date reaching £199.99 (although many have accepted “Best Deal” means exact sales not listed).
About 10 of the colorful bands have been sold on the site so far, with more auctions set to close in the next few days.
However, bids on straps currently on sale are skyrocketing into the thousands – including the gold bracelet, used on Friday 16 September – same day as David Beckham Line up to pay respects to the Queen.
The seller said the former England captain stood in front of them for about an hour in the queue, and they joined the line just before 6am.
Offering a selection of photos from their day in the capital to verify their visit – including shots of Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye – so far, the crumpled gold strap crushed received bids of up to £2,550. The auction still has about a day to run.
Another post showing a bright orange band from today – Saturday – has hit a price of £1,040, although the auction doesn’t close until Tuesday. The seller sweetened the deal with free postage.
Meanwhile, two dark blue bands, which the seller said were used by her and her daughter on Thursday during the eight-hour wait to file through the coffin had the highest bid of £436, plus 3, £35 from Derby (at time of writing).
Yellow strips from the accessible queue are also available for purchase on the website, with one seller even offering to send “two newspapers collected during the day at Westminster” along with two possible yellow strips. their access.
Some mourners have managed to remove their bandages without breaking the seal, and are selling them “intact”.
An upbeat seller booked their band – which they say was from day one in line – for £22,000, but later deleted their post.
While it is possible to purchase wristbands online, buyers will not be able to use them while skipping the queue as they cannot be reused.
The color and numbering bands have been issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to help manage the large number of people who wish to catch a glimpse of the Queen in a state of security. The bands come in different numbers and shades of color each day.
The DCMS website explains the queuing process, stating that the band is “a record of when you join the queue”.
However, it added that “having a wristband does not guarantee In-state”.
The website continues: “The wristband is exclusive to each participant in the queue and is absolutely non-transferable. You must keep this wristband on at all times as it will be inspected along the route.”
The band helps mourners leave the queue to go to the bathroom or get food and drinks. With some people queuing for around 24 hours, such breaks are essential.
When asked about selling used bracelets online, a DCMS spokesperson told Sky News: “Bracelets for Status Access are in a single-use type, delivered by a manager. and can only be used by the person to whom they are granted. Access will be denied to anyone found to be not following proper procedure.”
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