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Associated Press
EBay Cancels Bids for Virgin Mary Sandwich

November 16, 2004 10:30 AM EST

MIAMI - The Internet auction house eBay Inc. canceled bids for half of
a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that its owner said bore the
image of the Virgin Mary.

Diana Duyser, of Hollywood, put the sandwich up for sale last week,
drawing bids as high as $22,000 before eBay pulled the item Sunday
night. The page was viewed almost 100,000 times before being taken

An e-mail Duyser received from eBay said the sandwich broke its
policy, which "does not allow listings that are intended as jokes."

But Duyser, a work-from-home jewelry designer who has bought and sold
items on eBay for two years, said the grilled cheese wasn't a joke.

"How could eBay do this to me?" Duyser said Monday, hours before the
online auction was supposed to have ended.

EBay spokesman Hani Durzy said he did not have enough information to
comment specifically on Duyser's case, adding that the online auction
house typically has about 29 million items on its site.

Duyser thought eBay would be the best place to show off the sandwich,
made on plain white bread and American cheese and cooked with no oil
or butter. She said she took a bite after making it 10 years ago and
saw a face staring back at her from the bread.

Duyser, 52, put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls
and kept it on her night stand.

At first, she was scared by the image, "but now that I realize how
unique it is, I wanted to share it with the world," Duyser told The
Miami Herald.

She said the sandwich has never sprouted a spore of mold.

What can one say?