A teddy bear made to commemorate Olympic eventer Mark Todd’s gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics is being sold for charity.
The bear, made in 1994, was donated to Starship Hospital’s spring clean campaign from a large collection of teddies.
The Todd teddy wears Mark Todd’s actual tie from those games. “This is verified by a certificate from the makers and signed by Mark Todd. This is not a toy so is not suitable for children,” Starship says.
He is a limited edition Edwardian Bear (with original tags) in full equestrian costume – pants, shirt, tie, hat and jacket with NZ and Olympic rings signia.
There is a signed picture of Mark Todd with his horse Charisma from the ’88 games on the jacket and also a map of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Equestrian course in his pocket.
“And thanks to his recent Olympic success in London this year, we were able to get an up to date photo of Mark with our bear – wearing his London 2012 bronze medal! And we have a current autograph on a 2012 team postcard,” Starship says.
“Bear is a little dusty and his uniform could do with a bit of a clean up but this would make a great collectors item for any horse or equestrian enthusiast.”
The bear is being auctioned on Trade Me. It closes on Sunday.