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Buyer pulls out of £170k deal for loom band dress

The buyer of a loom band dress who bid £170,000 on eBay has pulled out of the deal.

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The loom band dress has made headlines all over the world. Credit: Geoff Abbott

Helen Wright from Prestatyn and Kathryn Burnand from Wrexham made the dress from 20,000 loom bands, but an email arrived on Monday saying the deal was off.

The woman, who lives in Surrey, said she couldn't afford the £170,100 price tag plus £7 postage.

The dress is believed to be the first of its kind and captured the world's attention.

Helen, her daughter Sian and Kathryn appeared on ITV Wales News, the One Show, Newsround, and their story was told in newspapers as far away as Australia and New Zealand.

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The dress will now be offered to those who bid over £150k. Credit: ITV News

Helen, who works as a barmaid in Archies in Prestatyn said they had really enjoyed the the "whirlwind" and still thought anything over £50 would be a bonus. They now have a guide from eBay helping them with another bidder.

"We don't have to take the next highest bidder and Ebay said we should look at all the bidders' feedback before deciding. We have one chance of offering it to a bidder from the last auction then we can go for a relisting. I've whittled it down to six buyers who all put in bids over the £150,000 mark.

– Helen Wright

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Locust in salad bag - nurse gets 'shock of my life'

A woman had the "shock of her life" when she found a five-inch long locust in her Tesco salad.

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Tesco sent a £10 voucher after a locust was found in a salad bag. Credit: Geoff Abbott

The woman who asked not to be named said she was too tired to wash the leaves which she would normally do after buying it at a store in Prestatyn.

I buy bags and bags of salads but that put me off for weeks.

It was very cold and there was a little bit of eye movement and one of its antenna was moving.

I put it in the garden then realised that was a mistake so ran back outside but it had gone. I think a blackbird might have eaten it.

It scared the living daylights out of me and I freaked out.

When I picked the bag up I thought that's a bit heavier than usual and then I had the shock of my life.

– Nurse from Prestatyn
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The locust may have been eaten by a garden bird. Credit: Geoff Abbott

The nurse took the salad bag back to Tesco the next morning and it was sent off for an investigation. The woman then received a letter and a voucher for £10.

A spokesman for Tesco said, "We set ourselves very high standards for the safety and quality of our food."

How much did the dress made of loom bands sell for?

The dress is made of 20,000 elastic bands and cost £47 to make Credit: ITV News Wales

A dress made of loom bands has sold in an online auction for £170,100.

The dress, which is made from more than 20,000 elastic bands, cost £47 to make.

Watch Wales at Six tonight on ITV Cymru Wales to hear our interview with the woman behind the creation.

Loom band dress maker: Online bids have gone 'crazy'

An online auction for a dress made from loom bands ends tonight, with bids already exceeding £170,000.

The woman behind the creation says enthusiasm for the dress has gone 'crazy'.

The dress cost £47 to make, and Helen Wright says that any money made will be 'a bonus'.

Bidding on the online auction website ends at 5.15pm.

You can see our full interview with Helen on Wales at Six tonight on ITV.

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Loom dress online auction deadline looms

The dress is made of 20,000 elastic bands and cost £47 to make Credit: eBay

An online auction for a dress made from loom bands ends tonight, with bids already exceeding £170,000.

Helen Wright of Prestatyn was shocked when bidding went through the roof for the dress, which is made from 20,000 elastic bands.

The dress cost £47 to make. Bidding ends at 5.15pm.

Is this loom band dress worth £170,000?

The loom craze seems to have gone a bit loony as this dress made out of loom bands on Ebay is attracting bids of almost £170,000.

The loom band dress is up for sale on ebay. Credit: ebay

But who would buy it? It's only for those who will fit a size four and six.

There have been 137 bids so far.

The seller, helenwright72 from Prestatyn in Denbighshire, describes the dress as 'Multi-coloured, made from loom bands. Picture shows my daughter wearing it (approx size 4/6).'

There are only four days left to bid.

The child's loom band dress that could cost you £170k Credit: ebay
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