We’ve all wondered if we’d ever get rich off of our childhood collections of beanie babies…
A couple from the U.K. named Leah Rogers and Ryan Flanaghan bought a purple beanie bear at a car boot sale (or a market where people come to sell home and garden goods) for 10 euros — and it could be worth more than 62,000 euros.
Flanaghan, 22, recognized the bear as one of just 100 ‘first edition’ bears made to honor Princess Diana after her death in 1997. The couple confirmed that it was in fact the extremely rare bear with special pellets and a tag that refers to the Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.
There was a poem included with the beanie baby as well. It reads: “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.”
As a former collector, Flanaghan knew the toy was one of the most sought after in the collection, according to The Daily Mail. He was stunned to find out that another version of the bear is currently listed on eBay for 62,500 euros, The Daily Mail reports.
Rogers, 20, told the Mail: “We couldn’t believe it. We picked it up for £10 and it could be worth tens of thousands.
Other similar beanie babies are available for far less, however, with some on offer for between 1,000 euros and 14,000 euros. For comparison: a second edition bear is sold for around 25 euros.
The couple have now put their own purple collectible up for online auction, starting the bidding at 25,000 euros. They hope to spend the proceeds on a deposit for a house.
“It’s so hard for young people to get on the property ladder so we think this could really be a blessing.”