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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Thursday, November 25, 2004
SANDWICH WITH IMAGE OF MARY DRAWS US$28,000
Grilled cheese sold on eBay sparks other look alike items:

WINDOW IMAGE: in 1997, the View of the Virgin Mary in a Clearwater, Fla. windows was viewed by many people. The windows was later broken.

FISH STICK: Fred Whan of Kingston, Ontario, has a fish stick he says bears the image of Jesus Christ.

HOLLYWOOD, FLA. -- A woman. who said her 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich bore the image of the Virgin Mary will be getting a lot more bread after the item sold for US$28,000 on eBay.

GoldenPalce.com, an online casino, confirmed that it placed the winning bid, and company executives said they were willing to spend "as much as it took" to own the 10-year-old half sandwich with a bite out of it.

"It's a part of pop culture that's immediately and widely recognizable".spokeman Monty Kerr told the Miami Herald. "We knew right away we wanted to have it."

In a statement, GoldenPalace.com CEO Richard Rowe said he planned to use the sandwich to raise money for charity. Kerr and Steve Baker, CEO of GoldenPalace Management company Cyberworld Group, flew to south Florida to make arrangements for a sandwich handover from its owner, Diana Duyser.
Ad pulled, restored

eBay, initially pulled the sale, saying it did'nt post joke items. The page was restored after the company was convinced that Duyser would deliver on the bid, said eBay spokeman Hani Durzy.

Duyser said she took a bite after making the sandwich 10 years ago and saw a face staring back at her. She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand. She said the sandwich has never sprouted a spore of mold, a phenomenon Duyser attributes to divine intervention, the casino said.

"I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother of God", Duyser, a jewelry designer, was cited by the casion as saying. "This is my solemn belief. People ask me if I have had blessings since she has been in my home. I do feel I have. I have won $70,000 on different occasions at the casino near my house."

GoldenPalace.com, based in St. Johns, Antigua said it will take its "slice of heaven" on a world tour for charity.

The auction has spawned the sale on eBay of look-alike and wiches, along with T-shirts, earrings, Christmas ornaments, decals, photos and refrigerator magnets depicting Duyser's version. A grilled cheese sandwich purporting to bear the image of Elvis Presley atracted a bid of US$275.

(abstracted from CHICAGOSUNTIMES/AP, Bloomberg News)
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