You can buy Rob Ford's 'crack confession tie' for $20,000

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“This is the original piece, not a reproduction — there is only one of these in existence,” the item description states. <em>(Photos: eBay/Getty)</em>
“This is the original piece, not a reproduction — there is only one of these in existence,” the item description states. (Photos: eBay/Getty)

The vintage football tie that former Toronto mayor Rob Ford wore while admitting to using crack cocaine has made its way to eBay, with a starting bid of $20,000 CAD.

“You are bidding on a unique piece of Canadian history,” the item description states. “Featured in TIME, GQ, Maclean’s, USA Today, Sports Illustrated and numerous worldwide publications and web sites, this famous item needs no further introduction.”

“You are bidding on the world of sports’ most famous neck tie. You are bidding on the most famous politician’s neck tie in history. You are bidding on the world’s most famous neck tie…period.”

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The necktie allegedly comes with Rob Ford’s hand-signed certificate of authenticity.
The necktie allegedly comes with Rob Ford’s hand-signed certificate of authenticity.

The neck tie, aptly dubbed “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s Crack Confession Tie,” is being shipped from Aurora, Ont., and allegedly comes with Rob Ford’s hand-signed certificate of authenticity. It sits regally inside a side-hinged glass door frame, “where you can open and touch, and attach your own extra memoirs to be cherished when opened.”

“This is the actual tie former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford wore on the day he confessed to smoking crack cocaine,” the seller insists. “This is the original piece, not a reproduction — there is only one of these in existence.”

In a 2013 press conference, Ford admitted that he had smoked crack cocaine while in office, but likely in “a drunken stupor.” The former mayor passed away in the spring of 2016, at the age of 46, after undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of cancer.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media on Nov. 5, 2013, following his crack admission. <em>(Photos: Getty)</em>
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks to the media on Nov. 5, 2013, following his crack admission. (Photos: Getty)

According to the seller, the original piece of memorabilia is also professionally framed. “I and my guests enjoy this piece of history, elegantly displayed in my home, but it is available if the right offer comes along,” he notes.

If you don’t have an extra $20,000 lying around, the seller says he’s “open to offers.” So far the listing has had three private offers, which have all been declined.

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