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  Teddy bear has X-ray to prove his 'metal'
Updated 25 January 2002, 16.23
Percy with his X-ray
Percy with his X-ray

A cuddly, if a little scruffy, bear called Percy turned up at a hospital in Taunton for a very unusual appointment on Friday.

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Bear facts
4 in 10 grown-ups still have their teddies!
Scientific word for collecting bears is arctophily
Collection of bears is a "hug"
A teddy survived the 1912 Titanic disaster
Teddies named after 1902 US President Theodore Roosevelt

He was sent to have an X-ray to prove he's old enough to be an antique before being auctioned.

Metal skeleton

His owners claimed he was over 90 years old and made by a famous old German toymakers called Steiff.

But auctioneers needed proof. There are two ways they can spot a genuine Steiff teddy:

  • If it has a special button sewn into its ear
  • If it has a metal rods holding its limbs together
Percy had the button in his ear, but as Clare Rawle from the auctioneers explained: "The only way to be sure is to pull him to bits, which isn't very good for him, or to X-ray him. So we booked him in!"

And now that Percy's proved his "mettle", the 92-year-old could fetch up to 1,500 when he's sold next month..

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