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Original Mr Blobby costume to fetch over £60,000 in online auction

An original Mr Blobby BBC costume has fetched more than £60,000 at an online auction.

The piece of TV memorabilia, which shot to fame at Noel’s House Party, is being sold by eBay user blobby01, and with one day left until the auction ends, the costume has hit a whopping £61,501.

Described by the seller as needing a new home, the costume is over 25 years old.

It was made by the BBC’s costume supplier, but the show was canceled before it could be delivered.

The seller wrote: “Neither the broadcaster nor the BBC production team wanted it – so it sat in my office until a move meant it came home with me a few years ago.”

Due to the age of the costume and material, the suit is now considered “less fit to wear”.

Some extra attention is also needed to repair a crack in one of the plastic eyelets and secure the iconic bright yellow polka dot bow tie.

Mr Blobby cracked eye costume.  Photo: eBay
The cracked eye of the suit. Photo: eBay/blobby01

“Overall it’s not too bad for its age, but there are visible creases and dust on the upholstery and some areas need a drop of glue to make up for it,” the seller added.

Unfortunately, the sale of the suit does not include a speech device, which allowed the character to say the word “blobby”, and can only be used for personal use.

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The purchaser must sign an agreement that it will not rent or use the costume for public display in order to abide by copyright law.

Noel’s House Party ran from 1991 to 1999 and was a BAFTA-winning light entertainment show.

Mr Blobby in 1993
Mr Blobby was extremely popular in the 1990s and even had its own merchandise

To mark the programme’s 10th anniversary in 2001, the BBC dug up archive footage of the hit show and spoke to producer Michael Leggo, who initially came up with the idea of ​​Mr Blobby.

He said the character was used to help with the “Gotcha” section of the show, but soon took on a life of its own, with spin-off merchandise and separate TV appearances.

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