Figment Popcorn Bucket’s ‘Bad Artwork Sketch’ eBay Listing Hits $10,000
By now, we’re sure you’ve heard of the Figment popcorn bucket craze. On opening day, the queue to grab one at the 2022 EPCOT Arts Festival was said to have lasted seven hours at one point.
As the craze continues, one Disney fan decided to have a little fun and draw the Figment Popcorn Bucket and list it on eBay – with the money going to charity!
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Julia, a freelance writer and editor from Florida, is a huge Disney fan. When she noticed the craze for the Figment Popcorn Bucket, she decided to have a little fun with it. She decided to draw the Figment Popcorn Bucket and list it on eBay. As her bio on Twitter states, she’s “most famous for drawing Figment… badly.”
The sketch (which you can see in a screenshot below) ended up going viral, and the deals came in at the second. In fact, the listing went from $600 to $10,000 in seconds, at which point Julia decided to end the listing.
She took to Twitter to share in a Tweet thread:
When I set up the auction for the Figment sketch, I had two goals: 1. To give people some joy over a very silly situation involving buckets of popcorn. 2. Get some money for charity.
From all the emails and messages I’ve received, Goal 1 has been achieved, and I’m so glad this silly thing brought joy to so many people around the world!
So that leaves Objective 2. Last night a series of unusual offers came in that took the price from $600 to $10,000 within minutes. This didn’t seem right to me, so I ended the auction and sent an invoice to the winner.
The winner messaged me to let me know that the bid was accidentally placed by someone else and he needed to cancel his bid, which he is allowed to do under ebay rules .
Julia explained that she had canceled the auction, which meant that she could re-list the item; however, she does not feel confident to do so as she “fears that listing again in this format will produce the same result”. That being said, she wants to make sure Habitat for Humanity always gets a good donation and after being reminded by a good friend of a news story about an Andy Warhol sale, Julia had an idea.
If you’re not familiar with the Andy Warhol sale, someone bought an Andy Warhol sketch and made several very good copies. They then sold them for a fraction of the price of real Andy Warhol art, so the buyer wouldn’t know if they got the real or a fake copy.
Julia went on to explain in her Tweets thread:
I’m not very creative – and so what I’m going to do is take the original work, make 100 photocopies and number them from 1 (the original) and 2-101 (the copies). I’ll keep 101, because going 101 seems like an accurate description of this.
The other 100 items will be placed individually in postal envelopes and sealed. They will be mixed up so I don’t know which one has the real print and which ones have copies.
On Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. ET, I will be listing an item on ebay of Figment’s bad sketch illustration with a buy-it-now price of $10. Like the original listing, 90% will go to Habitat for Humanity.
If all 100 copies are sold, that means Julia would have raised $900 for Habitat for Humanity!
We love to see how this small act has grown into something much bigger. We hope to see Julia raise funds for Habitat for Humanity and want to thank her for spreading kindness and magic.
Will you buy a Figment sketch to raise money for Habitat for Humanity? Let us know in the comments below.