Why is a $20 bill with a banana sticker on it at auction for $125,000?


Collectors can be bananas.

A $20 bill with a sticker from food purveyor Del Monte on it is currently at auction for over $100,000, reports Delish.

The bill, referred to as the “Del Monte Note,” is an obscure piece of printed currency best known for the sticker permanently affixed to it.

Peculiarly, the Del Monte sticker ended up on the with the mark of the US treasury and the bill’s serial number on top, indicating that it somehow got on the 20 early in the printing process.

“The placement of the 'Del Monte Ecuador' banana sticker is ideal because it covers part of the printing details and is overlaid by part of the Treasury Seal and the bill's serial number,” said Dustin Johnson, vice president of Currency Auctions at Heritage Auctions.

A press release from the Auction House says the bill was first discovered by a college student in Ohio who pulled it from an ATM during a normal withdrawal in 2004.

The student went on to post the note on eBay, where it sold for around $10,000 after 12 bids. The ‘Del Monte Note’ last sold in 2006 for $25,300.

“Collectors immediately fell in love with it,” Johnson said.

At the time of publication, the latest bid on the $20 bill was $125,000.

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