Mystifying Image Of Virgin Mary On Grilled Cheese Sandwich Sold To GoldenPalace.com
GoldenPalace.com Wins eBay Auction For One-of-a-Kind Religious Icon
ST. JOHNS, ANTIGUA, NOVEMBER 22, 2004 – In a perfect example of Americana pop culture phenomenon, a grilled cheese sandwich that bears the image of the Virgin Mary has been sold on eBay to Internet casino GoldenPalace.com for $28,000 USD.
Seller Diana Duyser made the sandwich ten years ago, and after taking one bite out of it, noticed the Virgin Mary's face staring back at her. She put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand. Duyser, 52, believes the sandwich has brought her luck over the years and is truly convinced of its divinity.
'I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother of God,' says Duyser, a work-from-home jewelry designer. 'That 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.'
Duyser has received widespread media attention and maintains that her good luck is attributed to the iconic image in the bread. The paranormal nature of the sandwich is mainly due to the fact that millions of people are able to see the same holy icon on the bread, not to mention that a ten-year-old sandwich has remained remarkably free of mold. Oddly, no special care has been taken to preserve the sandwich. Duyser claims that she has placed the sandwich in a simple plastic case, not 'a special one that seals out air or potential mold or bacteria.'
Given Duyser's success at her local casino, it is fitting that a casino ended up with the good luck charm that helped Duyser win big. GoldenPalace.com has become familiar with eBay auctions, having recently purchased several items and using them to raise over $200,000 for various charities. Since this 'slice of heaven' has affected so many people worldwide, Golden Palace intends to do the same with the sandwich by taking it on tour around the world and allowing people to see the icon, hear Duyser's story, and share in the good luck that it brings.
The sacred sandwich has received over 1,700,000 visitors since being posted on eBay. A Google search on the sandwich returns an incredible 89,000-plus matches, and a search on Diana Duyser's name alone returns over 3000 matches.
'We will definitely use the sandwich to raise money for charity, and we hope it will raise people's spirits as well,' says Richard Rowe, CEO of GoldenPalace.com. 'With the massive amount of hits on the eBay site and thousands of search engine queries, it is obvious that this is something people want to know more about…and Golden Palace will help spread the word. We believe that everyone should be able to see it and learn of its mystical power for themselves.'
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