If you want a secondhand bobblehead of Mayor Rob Ford, be prepared to pay hundreds of dollars.
Mayor Rob Ford and his brother are known for making exaggerated claims about their fiscal record at City Hall, but here’s one instance where the Ford administration has actually created some value for Toronto investors. Mayor Ford’s official bobbleheads, which went on sale at around 10 a.m. this morning (although the scheduled start time was 9 a.m.), are already selling on eBay and Kijiji for hundreds of dollars.
The figurines, only 1000 of which are being sold, have been moving briskly all morning at $20 a piece—and, as of 1 p.m., the mayor was apparently still sitting at a table in the City Hall rotunda, signing each one as it was sold. The proceeds will go to the United Way.
But before the first figurine had even been sold, reporters found a Kijiji ad from someone claiming to have two of the bobbleheads. The asking price for each one? $500. Meanwhile, on eBay, two bobbleheads had surfaced by the time this post was written. The first was selling for $185, with 24 bids; the other had an opening price of $280, with no bids.
In less than a day, these bobbleheads—whose faces bear only a slight resemblance to the mayor’s—have become collector’s items. So, this is Toronto’s latest gift to the world: overpriced mementos of the reign of a politician who’s now best known for smoking crack and then lying about it.