Woman Sells Ghosts for £1,300 at New Zealand Auction

Is there something strange in your neighbourhood? Well, forget calling Ghostbusters – you could cash in by selling your ghosts online, as one New Zealand woman has found out.

Some readers were concerned for the wellbeing of the spirits. Picture: Trademe.co.nz

Two glass phials said to contain the ghosts of an old man and a young girl have sold for 2,830 New Zealand dollars (£1,320) in an online auction in New Zealand. The auction, which ended on Monday night, attracted more than 200,000 page views on the Trade Me website.

Avie Woodbury said the ghosts had been captured in her Christchurch house by an exorcist and stored in holy water reports the Telegraph (UK).

The spirits were trapped inside the vials with stoppers and then dipped in holy water, which she says “dulls the spirits’ energy”. She said they were the spirits of an old man who lived in the house during the 1920s, and a powerful, disruptive little girl who turned up after a Ouija board session. Since an exorcism at the property last July led to their capture, there has been no further spooky activity in the house, she said.

The lot was viewed nearly 220,000 times in a week and received scores of comments, ranging from practical issues about how to ensure the ghosts remained in the bottles to concerns over the morality of selling another person’s spirit.

Other enquiries were more sceptical, with one reader suggesting he too had spirits in bottles in a cupboard at home. “I think they are called Jim Beam and the other is Johnnie Walker,” he said.

The closing bid went to a company called Safer Smoke NZ, which produces electronic cigarette substitutes – it paid NZ$2,830 for the two bottles. The company said it was now inviting suggestions as to what they should do with the ghosts.

Ms Woodbury said all profits from the sale would be donated to an animal charity, after she had paid the exorcist’s fees.[via Metro (UK) and Telegraph (UK)]

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