TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Last Laugh! Online Casino Buys Virgin Mary Sandwich for $28,000

Last Laugh! Online Casino Buys Virgin Mary Sandwich for $28,000

Lisa Minter (
Tue, 23 Nov 2004 12:06:58 EST

MIAMI (Reuters) - An online casino 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.'s bid of $28,000 was the highest offer for the
sandwich when bidding closed late on Monday, the Internet casino's Web
site 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." said on its Web site 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 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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