The Beanie Baby craze that swept most parts of the world at the turn of the 20th century said a great deal about the human condition. Parents travelled miles to secure the latest Beanie, young girls wept with joy or frustration as their heart's desire was found or the shelves were empty, and the urge to make money spawned clubs, magazines and web sites. To add to this frenzy the manufacturer, TY, also produced 'limited edition' Beanie Babies, such as Billionaire Bear, made in limited numbers as gifts for employees to celebrate the stunning profits of the company. Ineveitably some of these bears were sold on and prices reached thousands of US dollars. As if to underline the collective madness, the rarer examples were forged and sold in south-east Asia to gullible western tourists. The Billionaire Bear shown here is one of those fakes.