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December 7, 2009
In what has become a familiar trend, a soon-to-be-homeless tourist attraction has gone up for bid on eBay. This one: a 60-foot-long sea monster.
The monster officially is listed as a “Stylized Art Deco Loch Ness Monster,” and it’s good — certainly more substantive than some of the other floating serpents that we’ve seen. It was built for a Grand Rapids, Michigan, art contest, and came in 6th place. That seems like a poor showing for something so memorable, but Grand Rapids has had a history of rewarding bad public art at the expense of something much better. In this case, a floating monster with solar-powered glowing eyes.
The eBay listing boasts that the monster has survived “the best and worst of what Michigan weather can deliver,” which seems like a good selling point to us. But while we always encourage the preservation of monsters, we also know that eBay auctions have been tried — and failed — before, most notably with the Styrofoam Statue of Liberty and the Elvis is Alive! Museum. As of this writing, the sea serpent seems headed to a watery grave, with none of its bids reaching as high as the seller’s reserve price.
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