virgin mary sandwich sells for thousands

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    Virgin Mary sandwich sells for thousands
    Tue 23 November, 2004 15:27

    MIAMI (Reuters) - An online casino has won the eBay bidding for a decade-old cheese sandwich bearing what some people consider a likeness of the Virgin Mary and immediately began hawking Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese T-shirts.

    GoldenPalace.com's bid of US$28,000 (15,000 pounds) was the highest offer for the sandwich when bidding closed late on Monday, the Internet casino's website said.

    The seller, Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident Diana Duyser, says she made the cheese sandwich 10 years ago and after taking a bite, saw "the Virgin Mary staring back at me."

    In her eBay ad, Duyser said the sandwich has been kept in a plastic case for a decade and has developed no mold or bacteria. "It is like a miracle," she said.

    "I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother Of God," the ad said. "That is my solemn belief, but you are free to believe that she is whomever you like, I am not scamming anyone."

    GoldenPalace.com said on its website that the "sacred sandwich" had received more than 1.7 million hits since being posted on eBay. The company's chief executive, Richard Rowe, said the sandwich would be used to raise money for charity.

    The T-shirts, in various styles bearing a picture of the sandwich and a GoldenPalace.com logo, sell for $19.99.

    "We believe that everyone should be able to see it and learn of its mystical power for themselves," Rowe said.

 
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