Sir Edmund's mementos spark bidding fury on online sale

thecheers.org    2008-01-12 10:34:01    

Wellington, Jan 12 : Within hours of the announcement of Sir Edmund Hillary's death, online auctions for items connected to him attracted serious bidding.
Within hours of the announcement of Sir Edmund Hillary's death, online auctions for items connected to him attracted serious bidding.

Five-dollar notes bearing his image were the most saleable items on Trade Me, with bids on one signed note already at 350 dollars.

The auction started after Sir Ed's passing, with the listing reading, "Rest in peace, Sir Edmund. You will never be forgotten."

The seller obtained Sir Ed's signature at a Christchurch charity event.

A framed 5-dollar note signed by Sir Ed was also made available on the site, and three bidders quickly pushed the price up to 325 dollars.

The most expensive item listed was an Italian-made ice axe signed by Sir Ed, with a starting bid of 5000 dollars.

As news broke of Sir Ed's death, Trade Me message boards began to fill with an outpouring of grief.

"Our whole country will fall into mourning now," the NZPA quoted a fan, as writing on the site.

"I have tears and did not even know him but grew up with him always in my life, like many Kiwis did. What a very sad day for our nation," the fan added.

Many people turned to social networking site Facebook, with New Zealanders around the world using the Internet to unite in their grief.

Sir Edmund Hillary died on January 10 at the age of 88. (ANI)
© 2007 ANI


TAGS: Asia-Pacific   


more
“I want to transfer some of my salary into your account to evade income tax.”

An age-old way of evading income tax is now “creating” jobs in Singapore.

Employers has the last say in hiring decisions

Who decides who gets the job is not the Singapore government’s role

Sexual peep-a-boo advertisements
22.Jun 2008
Advertisements are gerry-mandering around Singapore’s strict censorship laws on...read

Decentralization of Singapore's office
15.Jun 2008
The island city is currently in the middle of a silent protest against office r...read

The transport divide
31.Mar 2008
The transport divide reflects income divide within Singapore....read



Some Singaporeans profiteering from foreign workers and CPF

You want to choose your religion? Ok.

A double take at Singapore's jaywalkers

Singaporeans are eating leftovers

The Straits Time report on theft in clothing retail outlets.