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Last of Bestie fivers sells out
George Best 5 note
Best is shown in both his Northern Ireland and United strips
The last of the one million 5 notes issued as a tribute to the late soccer star George Best has been sold.

Ulster Bank branches across Northern Ireland have reported people queueing to buy the notes marking the first anniversary of Best's death.

The bank has now confirmed that all notes, delivered to branches at 0930 GMT, have fully sold out.

Offers at six times their value were made for the notes - even before they were released.


The notes depict the Belfast footballing genius both in his Manchester United and Northern Ireland kits.

More than 40 auctions offering the notes were taking place on the online auction site eBay - some asking 30 for one note.

Customers who queued outside a bank in Belfast to receive the new notes said it was for their sentimental value.

At the launch of the 5 note two weeks ago, an Ulster Bank spokesperson said there had been a huge amount of interest in the notes - from as far away as South Africa and the United States - but that there was no need to pay more than 5 for them.

The bank made a donation to the George Best Foundation to support the promotion of cross-community contact through participation in football.

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