Paul Cattermole, a former member of the highly-successful pop band S Club 7, has been found to have listed his 2000 Brit Award for ‘Best British Newcomer’ on eBay just over a week ago under the name ‘catte-pau‘. He had tweeted prior to setting up the auction that he was going to do so after holding previous auctions where ‘some peeps said they never saw them’.
Originally asking for £650 for the award, but leaving the auction open to bids, the current asking price for the award at the time of writing is a hefty £66,000, having so far attracted 127 offers. Having realised that this is – let’s face it – a huge amount of money for anyone to pay, Cattermole has promised in an update to his listing on the 11th of January that:
I am watching every bid very closely and the vast majority of people have huge feedback. Some in the thousands. If there are some silly bids at the end on Monday I will be deleting them and/or coming strait down the line to the next bidder . So you can bid with full confidence.
Although at first the award didn’t attract much attention, over the past few days both the public and the media interest in the auction has sky-rocketed. The original description provided by Cattermole of the award reads:
Here is the 2000 Brit Award for Best Newcomer Presented To Paul Cattermole from S Club 7.
statuette of Britannia 13 1/4 “ in height, it hasn’t been professionally polished, there are smudges that won’t come out without a pro polish. There are signs of age . Where the arms meet the shoulders at the back, and where the neck and chest blend into the top of the dress. An indentation on the inside of the helmet. That is a casting bubble and has always been there. *See photos*
Letter of provenance will be provided , message for postage / meet and greet details . Paul can meet you and greet you and take photos, distance depending :- )
As Cattermole makes clear in both his description of the award and through the pictures that he provides, the award has seen better days. However, to make the deal of its purchase that little bit sweeter, he is offering the lucky winning bidder both the chance to take photos with him and the option of hosting a meet-and-greet with him. This meet-and-greet he has now said can be ‘much larger’ if desired due to the ever-increasing bidding amount of the award itself.
Better yet, in his January 11th update to the product listing, Cattermole has now insisted to his bidders that the ‘postage can now be ignored’ and that he will ‘cover the full cost of postage with the most secure carrier’. Isn’t he nice?
Although Cattermole’s decision to sell the award in the first place has been met with much confusion and horror from several fans on Twitter, he has stated that the reason for his sale of the award is that he ‘has bills to pay’ and that ‘it’s time to let the past be the past’ (source: The Guardian). After all, even hugely-successful pop singers from years gone by are still normal people at the end of the day.
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