Chris Smalling and Barack Obama really don't look anything alike
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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