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Hand Drawn Fiver Receives Bids Of Over £10,000 In Online Auction

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Hand Drawn Fiver Receives Bids Of Over £10,000 In Online Auction

A hand-drawn £5 note managed to accrue bids of over £10,000 before being taken down from online auction site eBay.

Adam Purcell, 24, from Bournemouth, Dorset, decided to take the piss by putting the note up for sale after seeing the ridiculous prices some notes had been selling for online.

He described it as a "rare misprint on white paper and graphite ink," adding that it would "surpass all monetary value" and that it could even be eligible for "display in the National Gallery."

Adam said: "I was surprised it got as high as it did before it was taken down. I've seen a lot of articles about people flogging five pound notes for a ridiculous amount of money, so I thought I'd have a laugh with it using my incredible, artistic talents.

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Credit: Adam Purcell

"I wasn't sure it would get any bids at all."

He also said the listing received a number of messages, many from people telling him they found it amusing.

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He added: "I got a fair few messages off people saying they thought it was hilarious and one woman thought it was a child who had drawn it.

Credit: Adam Purcell

"I replied that that was unlikely, and it was probably 'bring your dog to work day' when the Bank of England designed the note and they gave their pet a go."

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Although he could have been looking at a five-digit figure for the design that took him less than five minutes to draw, he said he is relieved it was taken down as he doubted any of the bidders were serious.

Here's what the actual fiver is all about. Credit: Bank of England

"To be honest they probably did me a favour as I would of been left with a final value fee of £1200 odd," Adam said. "I've now framed the note and it's proudly hanging in the living room."

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Great banter, son.

Featured image credit: Adam Purcell

Topics: £5, fiver, Bank of England

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