Flavia Montelupo Italy Bitossi Cat Sculpture eBay Flip

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Make sure to check out my new “eBay Re-Selling Tools of the Trade” page that details items I use every day to help me sell old clothes online. I’ve also converted my guest post from Stapler Confessions on getting started on eBay into a page here. In the future, I plan on taking it a step further with a real How-To format structure. A lot of it is basic eBay selling information. Now back to your regular programming.

Italian sculptors. Cats. Damsel in distress. Intrigue. 30 seconds of eBay research. Profits.

This is the movie tag line of my flip of a Flavia Montelupo Italy cat sculpture! And yes, my wife is the damsel in distress… or more like a lady who’s pushing around a crying baby in the cart and is ready to get out of that thrift store!

I'm basically an art expert now that I've sold one cat sculpture on eBay.

I’m basically an art expert now that I’ve sold one cat sculpture on eBay – I just wear pants that aren’t as tight… or red…

Walking around the thrift store, I have two very general rules. First, go to every section in the store unless you are limited on time. There’s been so many times that I say to myself “oh, but let me swing by the electronics before I leave” or “let’s quick check out the coffee mugs!” only to find some awesome item to flip.  Second, if some item catches my eye, then I have to stop and take a look. And let’s just say, this cat was trying very hard.

Fancy Ugly Rainbow Painted Cat

Flavia Montelupo Cat Sculpture eBay

Is it me or is this cat on LSD?

Yikes. It’s not as bad as this picture makes it out to be. The cat is only about 7.5 inches long and 4.5 inches high. So that’s only about 100 square inches of ugly. I mean, seriously, look at that paint job. I think I could manage it. The sculpting itself is impressive, but the rainbow colors just aren’t to my taste.

Now, I wasn’t smart enough to find anything by searching for “ugly rainbow cat sculpture,” but there was a handy little marking on the bottom.

Flavia Montelupo Italy Hand Painted Cat eBay

Flavia is also a TERRIBLE coffee. It’s like the red-headed step-child of the pod coffee (Keurig is the model child if you were wondering).

Flavia is actually a company under the same group as Bitossi, both pottery companies that are in Montelupo Fiorentino, Italy. Apparently, you can find some combinations of Flavia, Bitossi, or both together on pottery. According to this Italian Pottery Forum, these items are all hand made and therefore the rough textures and imperfections are expected.

When I initially brought the cat home and started researching, I was a little bit worried because most on eBay were white only. Did someone paint over it? Did a 3 year old paint over it?

Nope, turns out that some of these animals are also hand painted, most likely after a night of heavy drinking.

Flavia Montelupo Italy Bitossi Owl Sculpture

Owls are really popular and collectible. The weirder Bitossi animals also sell for higher than the cat sculptures.

Bitossi ended up just reverting back to their original “Bitossi” marking in 2001, so this cat was at least over 10 years old.

Not mass produced.

Hand made




  • Purchase price – $5
  • End Selling Price – $39.99 + 11.65 Shipping = $51.60
  • Fees and Shipping/Handling – $12.31

Total Profit:  $34.29

So, in the end, would I ever buy this ugly painted cat for myself? Absolutely not. Would I buy it to sell to someone with a rainbow longcat? ABSOLUTELY.


Image Credit: Hermann

Comments 8

  1. I find that the more ugly or unique something is..and especially if it’s European, it will sell. It’s definitely interesting!! I would have totally picked that up, but hubby would have not glanced twice at something like that! 🙂

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      LOL. Even though I originally thought it was ugly, it’s slowly growing on me. Glad you have an eye for the original like me!

  2. It looks like a pre-school project. I probably would never have picked it up. Good for you for taking a closer look!

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      Hah! My clay art project in high school looked worse than this cat. Art just isn’t my thing. I always like to flip over any sculptures to check out the marks. The worst is at Goodwill since they always put the sticker on the bottom and cover up any marks. UGH.

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      LOL We have two cats. They are not rainbow though. Although I definitely put them in the special category.

  3. Nice sale! Anything that “catches the eye” at the thrift store is worth taking a closer look at and this piece definitely fits into that category. Good thing it had those markings too, I get excited anytime I see that “Italy” sign on clothes, shoes, etc

    Congrats again, and I’m sure you we’re grinning ear to ear watching the Broncos game last nite hahaha


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      I was! Although I’m a Chiefs fan so I’m not too thrilled in general. I’d much rather be gloating after a win than resorting to being happy about a division opponent’s loss.

      I also love “Italy” on clothes and shoes, but hate it on Ties. So funny how that works.

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