Bobblehead doll of controversial Toronto mayor Rob Ford is a sell-out
Reuters in Toronto
Hundreds of people lined up at Toronto City Hall to buy a limited-edition bobblehead doll of embattled crack-smoking Mayor Rob Ford, which quickly sold out and began popping up on eBay for as much as 15 times its purchase price.
Ford, who insists he will not step down, was on hand to sign the figurines.
The sale of 1,000 "Robbie Bobbies" was conceived before Ford admitted last week that he had smoked crack cocaine in "one of my drunken stupors". The little statuettes - a recreation of Ford's head on a springy neck - cost C$20 (HK$148), with proceeds going to the United Way charity. By late afternoon, at least six were on eBay, with two bid at C$300.
Ford said: "It's going to take another three or four weeks to order more bobbleheads. The phones have been ringing off the hook."
Jay White told the Toronto Star he lined up at City Hall more than three hours early to get a Ford bobblehead.
"We're living in crazy times and it's probably going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have a time stamp of a guy that smokes crack as a mayor."