A ‘big kid’ who made almost £100,000 selling a collection of rare cuddly toys is heartbroken after losing two of his favourite TEDDY BEARS.
Former lawyer Jena Peng, who still lives with his mum aged 37, misplaced two fluffy companions when he took them out to dinner – and has now launched an appeal to find them.
Jena, who flogged his collection of Steiff bears last year for more than £90,000, is inconsolable after realising he returned home to his mum’s house in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, without Cinny Baby and Bahad.
The madcap bear-lover, who only began collecting antique cuddly toys in 2002, took the three-inch bears, worth £250 each, with him out on a ‘date’ on Friday night.
Jena and his bears went to a concert, then dinner and the last time he saw the pair, Jena posed them up for pictures as they went for ice cream.
He said: “It seems like a big drama.
“They went everywhere with me.
“They are miniature bears and I always take them with me.
“They are just the right size to come along with me all the time, but I can’t believe that I lost them.”
During the ‘date’, he took the pair to a meal at Thai Square, ice cream at Haagen Dazs in Leicester Square before heading on to Wigmore Hall for a piano concert.
Oxford-educated Jena added: “They are my little friends.
“It’s a big comfort to eat dinner with them and I often take those two for afternoon tea.
“They are very special to me – I feel devastated.”