Some People Are Reselling Tickets for Michelle Obama’s London Event for $90,000

Dozens of tickets to see Michelle Obama speak at London’s Royal Festival Hall have been snapped up by touts and are already on sale for more than £70,000 on the controversial ticket resale website Viagogo.

Minutes after the phone lines opened for seats at a talk by the former first lady, Viagogo – based in Switzerland – was already offering seats for more than 570 times face value.

While the Southbank Centre has set a price for the event of between £30 and £125, the most expensive ticket listed on Viagogo at time of writing was £72,181 for a box seat.

Sellers, likely to include professional touts, appear to have got hold of them via the Southbank Centre’s ticketing system, despite competition from more than 50,000 genuine fans.

A spokeswoman for the 2,700-capacity venue said it had asked Viagogo to remove the tickets from sale, although the website had not done so by 12.45pm on Thursday.

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SOURCE: Rob Davies 
The Guardian