Hundreds of thousands are believed to have made the pilgrimage to the UK capital to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall, where it lay in state for days before the late monarch’s funeral on Monday.
Those who joined the queue to enter the hall and pay their respects to the late monarch were given wristbands as ‘a record of when [they] join the queue.”
The wristbands, issued by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, came in different colors each day.
According to eBay’s sold listings record, several used bracelets have been sold in recent days. One sold on Monday morning for £45,100 ($51,323), according to records, while others were also sold for tens of thousands of pounds.
It’s unclear if all of the items sold for that amount or if they were removed by eBay moderators before the sale could end.
However, one of the wristbands, which was recorded to have sold for £25,000 on Monday, has in fact been removed from eBay and no payment has been made for the item, the company confirmed.
“These items are against our policies and we are removing them from our site,” an eBay spokesperson said Condition on Monday.
At the time of the Queen’s funeral, there were still several listings for the wristbands active on the online auction site.
One of them seen by Condition, advertised an “unbroken” wristband for lying down and attracted bids of up to £55,100 ($62,700) by around midday in London on Monday. It seems to have been removed from the site soon.
Another bracelet listing, which was also removed, attracted multiple bids that valued it at more than £40,000.
earlier, The Guardian reported that some listings had attracted bids of up to £70,000 ($79,700) before being removed.
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EBay rules prohibit the sale of most event tickets – including those for concerts, festivals, sports matches and theater performances. The rules usually apply to events that are free to attend, such as the Queen’s Celebration.
Some sellers tried to find ways around the policy.
One person selling a bracelet with an asking price of £14,000 has decided to remove their ‘rare’ offering.
“This may be taken off eBay,” they said, before revealing their email address and phone number.
“If you’re interested, send an email … and we can arrange this sale another way,” the seller added.
Many of the listings advertising lie-in queue wristbands advertise the items as souvenirs or souvenirs, not as tickets.
People are also using eBay to cash in on other items that marked the Queen’s death and passing, including newspapers and posters displayed on London’s public transport networks – although the sums being asked for them are much higher. – lower than the prices requested for the wristbands.
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