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Special commemorative lapel pins manufactured from Battle of the Somme shells are increasingly being traded at more than 10 times the asking price, it has surfaced.

The pins were created because of the Royal British Legion in honour in the 19, 240 men killed within the battle 100 years ago.

The legion has sold right out the £39. 99 lapel pins. Individuals from Luton, Liverpool, Cornwall are now selling them via online market sites.

The legion said it wants the listings removed.

A single listing from St Austell, bidders were offering approximately £587 for a single JUST ONE. 6cm (0. 6in) diameter pin number. A second listing from Luton was demanding £450 while a little mentioned additional, from Preston, had bids hitting nearly £400.

Some sellers claim they should give all or a percentage belonging to the profit to the Royal English Legion.

Ebay has yet to inquire into the sales.
A Royal Uk Legion spokesman said: "We are sensitive to previous reports of people wanting to sell items from The Royal British isles Legion's Somme 100 Collection in popular online auction sites.

"We are working with these sites on the removal these auctions and will continue to monitor this moving forward. "

The sales come in the wake of attempts last year to earn profits from the Tower of Town poppies.

Some of the £25 poppies appeared on a trading website to get £350 each.

The artist exactly who created them Paul Cummins stated: "Where poppies are being offered on for personal profit, often in high values, it really kicks dirt when confronted with what the installation meant to everyone involved with the project, as well as those who visited in 2014, so it is really upsetting to hear. ".

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