Oasis fan hopes some will pay as Knebworth weed tops £60,000 on eBay
A mega Oasis fan can get a supersonic payout after a few blades of grass he picked up at a Liam Gallagher gig fetched over £60,000 on eBay. David Watson, 35, said he originally came up with the list as a ‘joke’ as he was ‘hungover’ after going to the former Oasis frontman’s show in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, Saturday.
But three days later the innocuous item – with a starting price of £5 – had won more than 100 auctions and reached a staggering figure of tens of thousands of pounds. The graphic designer joked that he plans to buy a ‘bouncy castle business’ as it’s ‘the only way to make money off inflation’ if he gets the money for the sample , which he collected near the main stage of the concert.
But he’s not “confident” the eventual winner will shell out for the weed – and said he’d settle for a shoutout from his hero Liam instead.
He said: “I said jokingly that I was going to pick some weed and put it on eBay, and when we were watching one of the acts I grabbed some and put it in my shorts When I came back, I hit him for a five, and now he’s racked up tens of thousands.
“There’s a guy who’s selling his bouncy castle business for £20,000, and I told my girlfriend if I get paid I’ll buy it because it’s the only way to make money with inflation at the moment. But I don’t think they’ll pay to be honest.
“I think it could be people who have a liquidation and I don’t want to be confident. If Liam yelled at me, that would obviously be fine.”
David, from Stourbridge, West Midlands, was inspired to list the item after a concert-goer’s ‘bottle of air’ fetched tens of thousands of pounds on eBay.
He said, “I got the idea on the drive there. Someone sold tunes from a Stone Roses concert years ago and I think it fetched around £65,000 on eBay. So I said jokingly that I was going to collect some grass and plant it on Sunday.”
David, who has seen Oasis more than ten times and traveled to Belgium to see Liam Gallagher perform, went to the concert, which he described as “incredible”, with his girlfriend. And when he got home on Sunday, he decided to stick the weed on the online auction site for a laugh as he had promised.
He said: “We were both hungover, and I said ‘I’ll hit that on eBay’ as a joke. I used the clear bag I took my liquids with on a plane to Spain a few weeks ago and I took a picture and pasted it on eBay and that was it.
On Sunday, after his post was shared by the Oasis Mania fan page on Twitter, David said he was shocked to find his turf at the center of a bidding war.
He said: ‘It went to around £50, and I texted my girlfriend and said, ‘You’ll never believe this’. And then about an hour later it was £5,000. I thought: ‘It’s a joke'”.
Over the next two days, David’s phone kept buzzing as fans piled in to raise the price of the listing even further.
Speaking on Tuesday, he said: ‘My phone hasn’t stopped all day. I had a hard time getting out of it. It continues to flash. God knows what he’ll achieve, but it would be nice to beat the tune of Stone Roses, which was around £65,000.
Starry-eyed David said he started reading eBay’s terms and conditions regarding buyers’ obligations after the price of weed started to skyrocket.
He said: “Obviously I’ve read a lot about it, but I think the winner can just say they won’t pay. After that I think it goes to the second highest bidder, and after that I not sure if it goes to third, fourth or fifth – their FAQ is quite vague.
“But I’m not here to make money. It’s not an entrepreneurial program or anything like that. We were just having a few ciders at the gig and the Stone Roses came to mind – and then Sunday night I thought why not give it a try.