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The £170,000 Loom Band Dress Has Sold For Just £220

The highest bidder on eBay refused to pay up after winning the online auction.

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Well, unfortunately for Kathryn Burnand and Helen Wright, who created the unique garment, the winning bidder, from Surrey, subsequently announced they could not afford the dress.

Caters News Agency Geoff Abbott

The women were told by eBay there was nothing it could do, and the loom band dress failed to sell again when it was re-listed a week later.

So the women, from Prestatyn, Wales, decided to donate the dress to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Caters News Agency Geoff Abbott

The pair attended a ball in Soughton Hall near Mold last weekend where the dress was auctioned off to raise money for the charity.

Burnand told the Caters news agency:

The dress was carried around all the tables and I heard quite a few people saying their daughter or granddaughter would like it.

A lot of people were also saying that they were disgusted with the way we had been treated by the eBay bidder and it shouldn't have been allowed to happen.

It could have sold for more if people had realised what the loom band craze was all about but we're happy with what we've got.

The dress eventually sold for £220.

Caters News Agency Geoff Abbott

Burnand said she and her friend weren't complaining about how little the dress sold for compared to the winning bid on eBay.

"It was lovely to get all dressed up for the ball and we had a nice night out," the 51-year-old added.

"We had a whirlwind 48 hours when we appeared on The One Show and Newsround. We had a lovely time and we can't complain."

Burnand said the money they raised will cover the cost of a Macmillan nurse for nine hours.

Richard James is acting head of news for BuzzFeed Australia and is based in Sydney.

Contact Richard James at richard.james@buzzfeed.com.

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