Suffolk woman grabs Blaine's trousers
PUB waitress Caroline Roney hopes to pocket up to £20,000 – by selling the "musty" trousers worn by David Blaine during his 44-day glass box stunt.Caroline, 24, from Bury St Edmunds, caught the dark grey woollen trousers when they were hurled into the crowd of 15,000 people, as the illusionist ended his ordeal just over a week ago.
PUB waitress Caroline Roney hopes to pocket up to £20,000 – by selling the "musty" trousers worn by David Blaine during his 44-day glass box stunt.
Caroline, 24, from Bury St Edmunds, caught the dark grey woollen trousers when they were hurled into the crowd of 15,000 people, as the illusionist ended his ordeal just over a week ago.
She turned down an offer from one envious fan in the crowd who was willing to pay her £5,000 for them.
Caroline is instead putting the trousers up for sale on the international internet auction site ebay.com
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She said: "I haven't got a clue how much they are worth - but some wealthy fan could be willing to pay a fortune.
"My sister thinks they could sell for between £10,000 and £20,000. If that happens I will be delighted. I am living in hope."
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Caroline added: "There is no way I am going to wash them because that will destroy their value.
"I have got a cold at the moment so I cannot smell properly, but I can tell the trousers are a bit musty. It is hardly surprising as he wore them for 44 days.
"They are certainly not very pleasant and my mum thinks they are absolutely disgusting - but my friends say they do not smell too bad considering."
Caroline watched Blaine emerge from his suspended box beside the River Thames while on a day trip to London to see relatives.
She added: "I had been following his progress on the TV since he started starving himself and had earlier gone down to see him on day five.
"I saw him drop his possessions out of his box including his trousers, pens, a packet of wet wipes and his blanket.
"His people below then lobbed them into the crowd. I couldn't believe it when his trousers came straight for me and I caught them. It was bizarre to say the least.
"A couple of girls were screaming at me and one put her hand on them, saying, 'Oh my! They're David's'. Then I was interviewed by a couple of American TV channels.
"I had to stuff the trousers into my friend's large handbag for safekeeping in case anyone tried to swipe them.
"A while later this guy came up and offered me £5,000 for the trousers - but I told him they were not for sale.
"It must be the craziest thing I have ever said in my life. Afterwards I was shocked to think I had turned down so much money.
"The trousers have Size 2 written inside, but for some reason David has changed the 2 to a 3.
"I think what he did was fantastic. It was a brilliant feat of endurance and proves to all of us that we are stronger than we think. It was like a piece of art in a way."
If she does manage to sell the trousers, Caroline will visit her sister Sarah Bean, 27, who lives on a farm in Watheroo, western Australia.