The love for former first lady Michelle Obama extends well passed the United States, so it's no surprise that tickets for her highly anticipated event at London's Royal Festival Hall sold out pretty quickly. Unfortunately, some of the tickets for the event got into the hands of third-party sellers, and are being sold online for as much as £70,000, or roughly $91,000, The Guardian reported.
Minutes after the phone lines opened for more than 50,000 "genuine fans" of the former President's wife, Switzerland-based reseller Viagogo was already offering seats for more than 570 times their face value, which was set by the South Bank Centre at a price of anywhere between £30 and £125. As of this morning, the most expensive ticket found by The Guardian on the Viagogo website was for a box seat listed at the outrageously high price of £72,181.
A spokesperson for the venue said it had requested for the tickets to be removed from the site.
"We are aware that a small number of tickets to this event have appeared on third-party resale sites," the spokesperson said. "We take secondary ticketing very seriously and aim to discourage this by stipulating that tickets should not be resold for profit or commercial gain."
It appears that Viagogo, who typically takes a cut of 25 percent of the price, has complied with the South Bank Centre's request--the page for the event on December 3 now only offers to notify those interested via email when tickets are available.