Second-hand copies of newspapers marking the Queen’s death are for sale on eBay and Facebook Marketplace, with some listed for hundreds of pounds.
A copy of last week’s Sunday Times costs £500. Asked by Sky News why they decided to sell, the eBay user said “it was just an idea that popped into my head”.
Elsewhere, packs of Britain’s biggest newspapers’ September 9 editions are on sale for up to £350.
Other items recently listed include memorabilia from the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with one coin from the June celebrations priced at a whopping £26,000.
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The Times is one of the most popular newspapers for resale. On eBay alone, we found hundreds of listings for used copies of Friday’s issue available for purchase.
If you bought it from a newsstand on the day, the September 9 issue would have set you back £2.50.
But dealers hope the item’s historical value will fetch them far more than that.
Prices vary enormously, indicating that there can be some confusion about exactly how much these items are worth.
Most are listed for around £10, £20 or £30, but some sellers hope to give hundreds.
“I usually sell vintage and custom built PCs,” a seller named Chris told Sky News. He hopes to be able to move his copy of The Times’ September 9 edition for around £60 on Facebook Marketplace.
“But people all over the world are looking for the opportunity to buy a historic copy of The Times… It’s an opportunity to make a little extra money,” he added.
While Chris is still waiting to find a buyer, it seems others have had more success selling on these recent relics.
On one listing, users had placed 21 bids on a copy of The Times’ Friday edition. At the time of writing, the price was £82.
And while the £500 Sunday Times has yet to attract interest, the seller told Sky News they have already managed to move a new copy for £300.
The September 9 issue of the Sun also appears to be in demand.
Users hoping to sell their copies have listed them for up to £50, although many are for sale for around half that.
Others have put up bundles of various newspapers marking the Queen’s death for sale.
A seller has listed a collection of eight tabloids including The Sun, The Star and The Daily Mail for £350.
Sky News counted 15 listings for bundles of newspapers priced at over £100.
For now, it appears that the bulk of second-hand items for sale in the wake of the Queen’s death are newspapers marking the day she died.
ValueMyStuff, which values antiques including memorabilia, says it has not received an increase in the number of royal memorabilia for appraisal.
However, it notes that this could change.
And it seems some people are hoping to sell on their royal items. Just five days ago, a seller on Facebook Marketplace listed a 50p coin to celebrate the Queen’s platinum jubilee for an eye-watering £26,000.
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