This piece was commissioned by The Official Classic Rupert Bear Shop to celebrate Rupert's 85th Birthday on the 8th November 2005. Originally, it was planned to have a full edition size of 2000 and it was due to be released in March 2005. However, on manufacture, quality issues were found, which resulted in it having to be redesigned. This was solely attributed to the complexity of this piece.
After great deliberation and negotiation, it was decided that the edition size would be of 550 pieces only. The reduction in edition size (which is not uncommon) is for this, and this reason alone.
The pieces selected for sale from the manufactured edition have been made at random. The edition numbers are engraved on the base of each piece at time of manufacture. Therefore, the issue numbers for sale could be anything between 1 and 2000. By making the selection in this way, there is no extra benefit to having a low number, as we and Royal Doulton are the only one's who know what issue numbers have released. To verify these facts, each piece purchased will be accompanied with additional documentation confirming that the numbered piece possessed is one of only 550 that exist and that have been released for sale.
Dimensions - Height 13cm Width 20cm
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