EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 1012 - May 06, 2005     1 of 4

Casino Wins Pope's Car on eBay

Email This Story to a Friend won an eBay auction for Pope Benedict XVI's previously owned 1999 Volkswagen Golf, bidding Euro 188,938.88 (approx. $244,590.83 USD). A few months before being elected head of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI (then Cardinal Josef Ratzinger) decided to sell his six-year-old VW Golf. The new owner subsequently posted the car on eBay, and the auction reportedly shattered eBay records by receiving over 8.5 million visitors to its auction page. CEO Richard Rowe said, "We have amassed a collection of what many consider to be holy artifacts. It seems only natural to get a blessed vehicle to carry these items. We are planning to showcase our acquisitions by bringing them on tour and allowing people to enjoy the experience of sitting in the divine car, in an effort to raise as much money for charity as possible."

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