Starbucks Coffee Mug Sells for $1603 on eBay

The rarest Starbucks mug of all recently sold on eBay for $1603.  The Starbucks Minneapolis/St Paul Collector Series City Mug. Designed by Jan Belson and Jerry Greer dated 1994. This Mug was available from 1994 – 1997.

The mug contains a photo of a famous sculpture in Minneapolis,  an image  of the “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture by the husband-and-wife artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, which is in the sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center.  The problem was that Starbucks did not get permission from the artists to reproduce the image.  So Starbucks had to withdraw the mugs from their stores. But it is estimated that 20 or 30 of the mugs were sold before Starbucks recalled and destroyed the mugs.

Here is a link to the listing on eBay

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2 Comments

  1. Wow! I didn’t know about those mugs. Thats interesting. I’ve been collecting mugs for quite some time now.

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