Monday 26 July 2010

eBay madness

Buses can be annoying – you wait for ages, then three come along at once!

Well the same can be said for Paul Smith PS shirts on eBay recently.
In July last year, when news broke that Matt Smith was wearing a Paul Smith shirt, everyone was frantically looking to find where to get hold of one. Supplies quickly ran out, and the old reliable fall-back of eBay came into its own when the occasional shirt did appear ever few weeks. Some went for reasonable prices, others a bit higher if two bidders went head-to-head.

But recently there have been fewer and fewer on offer, until a couple of weeks back.

The recent spate of shirts have all been of the blue flavour, and each has been interesting different from each other.
First to be listed, on 1st July, was a very unusual PS shirt (see below).

It was notable for having striped cuffs, but with a top-stitching unlike any I have seen to date; it also had a unconcealed button-stand; and a slightly fitted back.
It is the first shirt I have seen with a red buttonhole on the placket, which is visible on-screen, especially in The Eleven Hour. To date, this is the closest I have seen to the screen-worn shirts.

It had an amazing starting price of just £1, but sold after 28 bids for £250.

Then on 10th July another shirt appeared on eBay (see below).
This was a standard shirt, the same as the ones available from last year.
It had a concealed button stand; plain cuffs; and is likely to have had a heavily tailored back and a breast pocket as the John Anthony shirts did, but it was not possible to confirm this from the photos.

It had a starting price of £40, and sold after 15 bids for £105, which is in line with the price of some new Paul Smith shirts.

Finally worth mentioning, is another shirt that was listed on 13th July (see below).

This appears to be identical to a shirt I bought from

It has striped cuffs; an exposed button-stand; and looks to be the more generous fit.

This opened with a £10 staring price, but quickly spiraled out of control, and by the time it closed 10 days later, it had reached a staggering £650!!!!!

In September 2010 Ryan put his unusual burgundy PS shirt with French cuffs up for sale.

There were some nice detail pictures of the shirt, including those cuffs.
From a starting price of $99, the bidding soon was creeping up, and by the end of the auction it had reached $350 (£226 to keep it in context with the other shirts above).

A bit of a hint – I can’t wait to see those cuffs at first hand . . .

Finally, as a reminder, here is a list of the variations I have seen in the Paul Smith shirts using the distinctive squiggly design.
If you have another variation not listed here, do drop me a line.
1. John Anthony
These were available in both colours; no button-stand, concealed buttonholes; plain cuffs; sleeve straps; slim fit, heavily tailored back; breast pocket; embroidered PS on sleeve placket
Only available in blue; visible buttons, but no button-stand; striped starched cuffs; standard fitting, no back tailoring; embroidered PS on sleeve placket
3. Found by Ryan
Blue shirt; French double-cuffs
4. eBay - sold for £250
Very similar to (2) but top-stitching on cuff set much further in from edge; red placket buttonhole


  1. Matt Smith's red shirt definitely has the top stitching it can even be seen in your banner image on the right. So either the first one was modified, which i don't think it was because the seller didn't even know he had an eleventh doctor shirt at all until his first listing of it was mentioned on Gallifrey Base, or that first one is screen accurate.

  2. I wish I had a shirt now to sell for 650 GBP!!

  3. @stephen p. - I sorta agree - but the top-stitch is set further in on the shirt that sold for £250 - besides it has four stripes, not five as Matt's has . . . .

  4. How many versions of this shirt did they do?!

  5. I watched that £650 in my ebay Watch list just for giggles to see what it sold for because when I stumbled on it, it was already at over 650 USD. Final price in USD was $991.84... waaaaay out of my league for a shirt! (Me thinketh someone has more money than he knows what to do with. If I had that sort of money, I'd be paying my kid's college tuition. Wait; that is where my money is going, which is why I don't have that sort of money to blow on one shirt.)

    I keep hoping to find one reasonably priced some day, and in my size. And as the 3rd Doctor always said, "Where there's life, there's hope." (It's either that, or find the right base-color shirt, and go blind with a fabric paint needle and do up the waves design to make my own.)


  6. Whoa, that's an expensive shirt. I hope I can find one of these, eventually. When it comes to details that differ between them, I'd be completely lost without your blog. Thanks for posting!


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