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England Portraits - 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
Chris Smalling of England poses during the official FIFA World Cup 2014 portrait session on June 8, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro. Mike Hewitt —FIFA/Getty Images

Obama's Mug Is on U.K. World Cup Mugs in Merchandising Mix-Up

Jun 25, 2014

World Cup-themed mugs that mistakenly portray an image of U.S. President Barack Obama instead of the U.K. national soccer team's defender Chris Smalling are in high demand on eBay after a manufacturing mix-up.

An employee at the manufacturer appears to have confused the U.K.'s Smalling with Obama, printing about 2,000 mugs labeled "Chris Manning" and portraying Obama's face, the BBC reports. About 500 mugs were bought in the United States.

Now, they're being sold off as novelty items, and they're in high demand. With six days left on an eBay auction, mugs are going for upwards of $130, with one mug already being bid at for $152.50.

Andy White of Wholesale Clearance UK, which bought the mugs as factory leftovers, said there were "not that many left" after rapid sales, and admitted to holding onto one himself, BBC reports.

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