Published Dec 15, 2008A down-and-out musician in the UK has been banned from selling his soul on eBay.
Dante Knoxx, a 24-year-old resident of Bournemouth, England, recently offered up his "used" soul to the highest bidder on eBay for a starting bid of £25,000.50, or the hefty "Buy It Now" price of £700,000 (about $1.3 million CDN).
However, today (December 15), about two hours before the auction's close, eBay administrators removed the item from the site, claiming Knoxx has breached the website's policies, the Press Association reports.
Knoxx's said his soul had no bids but had attracted a lot of interest. "You cannot sell anything that is not physical," said Knoxx told the Press Association. "That includes ghosts, souls and spirits, which is funny.
"I have been refunded but I had 200 people watching it, I'm really disappointed by that.
"I had lots of emails asking if I was serious and religious groups telling me I couldn't do that, others wanted to talk about my soul. I had a lot of interest, but no actual bidders, which is a real shame."
Knoxx said he decided to sell his soul because he was having problems finding "creative" work and planned to use the money from the auction to fund his band Paradigm.
Along with the soul, the auction included a legal contract entitling the new soul's owner to a percentage of Knoxx's income for the rest of his life, with a guaranteed minimum of £1,000 per year. The new owner was also entitled to ten percent of any intellectual works of Paradigm and would receive an annual report of Knoxx's soul, as well as a birthday card on his birthday. On top of all this, a clause stated the winner would have to plant three trees a year and allow Knoxx to buy back his soul £100,000,000 (nearly $200 million CDN).
"I leave it to you, the denizens of Earth, to purchase my actual soul and in return allow me to acquire some tasty capital," Knoxx said before his auction was shut down.
Ummm... strange how eBay allowed this auction to actually go ahead.