A giant replica of Jimmy Carr’s head is back on sale - for nearly a fifteenth of its original asking price.
The 13ft replica, created for a Walker’s crisps advert, was put up for auction to raise money for a charity which offers a new start to deprived people in Preston, after it failed to sell for £15,000.
But with the comedian’s popularity at an all-time low because of his controversial tax avoidance, the item failed to attract a single bid on eBay that matched its reserve price of £3,000.
Now its owners Paul Johnson and Dale Sumner, of architectural salvage yard Ribble Reclamation in Ducie Place, Preston, have re-listed the item, with a more conservative opening price of £1,200.
Katie Johnson, assistant manager at the firm, said: “Last time we had it on sale for £3,000, but unfortunately didn’t get any bids that matched that.
“We had a bit of interest so we’ve put it back on with a reduced price, because we really want to sell it so we can give the proceeds to the charity Recycling Lives.
“Paul thinks it would make a really good outside toilet!”
The eBay listing says the model, which is approximately 13ft high and 11ft wide, has a back door entrance with stairs, a movable jaw and enough room for around 10 people to stand inside.
It cost £70,000 to create the head for Walkers’ ‘Jimmy Con Carne’ flavoured crisps in aid of Red Nose Day last year.
Paul and Dale bought it last summer for £2,000 after spotting it in a modelmaker’s workshop.
The pair decided to auction it off for the social welfare charity, and said they hoped the troubled comic would put in a bid.
Carr apologised and said he had made a “terrible error of judgment” after it was revealed he had paid tax at vastly reduced levels, after taking part in a legal tax avoidance scheme.
His actions were branded “morally wrong” by the Prime Minister David Cameron.
The auction will end on Monday, July 16, just after 3pm.
Recycling Lives offers accommodation, work experience, training, education and employment opportunities to some of society’s most disadvantaged people.
The charity has won a Queen’s Award and was praised in the Government’s Social Justice: Transforming Lives white paper this year.