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Shoppers spot Hermès hat up for auction for £5,750 by Sotheby’s and eBay

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Hat is crazy! Stunned shoppers see a limited-edition fluorescent orange Hermès safety helmet auctioning online for up to £5,750 – and kidding that you could just pick one up at a hardware store

  • Orange Hermès workman’s hat sells for £5,750 on Sotheby’s website
  • Limited Edition Hats Released to Celebrate the 2008 Toronto Hermès Opening
  • They’re collectibles – but shoppers joke that you can just go to a hardware store

A Hermès hat that looks like a construction helmet is selling online for almost £6,000.

The unusual limited edition accessory was released to mark the opening of the Hermès store in Toronto in 2008 and has cropped up in auction houses in the years since.

Now one is sold online by Sotheby’s for £5,750, and on eBay for £5,300.

Similar styles without the designer logo can be purchased from retailers for just £1.69.

Hermès’ bright orange workman’s hat is sold online by Sotheby’s for £5,750 and is also up for auction on eBay – for £5,300

People were quick to point out that they could find the exact same hats much cheaper at their local merchant store

People were quick to point out that they could find the exact same hats much cheaper at their local merchant store

The hat is in bright orange and made of plain plastic polyethylene, the luxury on the iconic brand logo is plastered on the front.

On the back is sticker: ‘Toronto June 2008’ with reference to the store.

At the time of the Toronto store opening, the quirky accessories were valued at £600 to £800.

But 14 years later, they are a collector’s item raising thousands on the websites of auction house Christie’s, Sotheby’s and eBay.

The unusual limited edition accessory was released to mark the opening of the Hermès store in Toronto in 2008 and has cropped up in auction houses in the years since.  On the back of the safety helmet it says: 'Toronto June 2008' with reference to the opening of the store

The unusual limited edition accessory was released to mark the opening of the Hermès store in Toronto in 2008 and has cropped up in auction houses in the years since. On the back of the safety helmet it says: ‘Toronto June 2008’ with reference to the opening of the store

Inside, the workman's hat looks like any other similar accessory you could find in a hardware store

Inside, the workman’s hat looks like any other similar accessory you could find in a hardware store

Shoppers were quick to poke fun at the construction clothing.

“I’m going to Selco,” a US retailer said, referring to the hardware store.

Another moaned, “I expect this kind of shit from Balenciaga, but Hermès?”

Another British shopper joked: ‘Probably the hat Boris Johnson wears during his photo opportunities and then reclaims it as an expense.’

The hat can be found on the eBay auction platform and is selling for £5,300, and with no possible return

The hat can be found on the eBay auction platform and is selling for £5,300, with no return possible

Auction house Sotheby's also sells the hat, which goes for £5,750, and is in 'good' condition, with just a few scratches on the top

Auction house Sotheby’s also sells the hat, which goes for £5,750, and is in ‘good’ condition, with just a few scratches on the top

People said they didn't expect Hermès to sell construction hats, jokingly expected Spanish brand Balenciaga to pull this stunt

People said they didn’t expect Hermès to sell construction hats, jokingly expected Spanish brand Balenciaga to pull this stunt

‘I am very disappointed.’

Usually, Hermès garner more headlines for their Birkin bag collections than hardware accessories.

The most exclusive handbag in the world, some of which sell for up to £130,000.

The hat was reportedly produced in limited numbers for the opening of the Hermès Toronto, Canada store in 2008 and is

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