Update: The latest bid tabled for Abz's Brit award on eBay now stands at over £1million
In what has been an inauspicious day for the hopes of the boy band revival in Britain, it has emerged that Abz from 5ive is selling his Brit award on eBay.
Earlier on in the day we had discovered that former Take That heartthrob Gary Barlow had dedicated a whole paragraph in his autobiography to the first time he ate a bagel - and now we learn that one of the early 21st century's finest purveyors of British rap is selling his 2000 "newcomer best pop act" award to "fund a delivery of topsoil and maybe some garden tools".
Richard Abidin Breen, aka Abz Love, who blessed us with lyrics like "Love is all I bring... In my khaki suit and ting" (see note below), is now starring in his own BBC2 reality show Country Strife: Abz on the Farm.
Following his fall from fame after the band's split, Abz has relocated to rural Wales with his partner where they're fulfilling their dream of managing a small-holding. The only problem is, they're a bit strapped for cash.
But that's where the eBay listing comes in. Among other details, Abz explains of the little golden trophy online:
You are viewing one real deal Brit award for newcomer best pop act 2000 awarded to Abs ex Five rapper, star of hit BBC2 show ‘Abz on the Farm’, Big Reunion and runner up CBB12.
No more awkward silences when people come over to your house!! This is a real conversation piece even if you didn't win it! Guaranteed 100% real.
Take advantage of my poverty and grab this rare opportunity to own a bit of pop history!!
Has been dropped and knocked a few times and is currently being used as a door stop.
Has been held by Jason Statham although I can not prove this.
At time of publication the bidding had reached £9,700. Bids close on Monday 14 September. You can bid for the trophy on eBay here.