08 August 2005

It is well that eBay is so terrible, lest we should grow too fond of it.

The Associated Press reports that a blood-stained bandage which was used to treat General Ariel Sharon during the 1973 Yom Kippur War is now being offered for sale on eBay:
The bloodstained bandage that wrapped Ariel Sharon's head after he was injured in fighting during the 1973 Middle East War has been offered for sale on eBay with the bidding starting at $10,000.

Sharon, the current prime minister, was a top general on the Egyptian front during the war. He was wounded when his armored vehicle was damaged by Egyptian forces at the Suez Canal, and pictures of Sharon meeting with officials and planning strategy with his head bandaged were among the most widely circulated images of the war.

The seller, who refused to be publicly identified, said he was the son of an army medic who treated Sharon's wound. The medic kept the bloodstained bandage when he put a fresh one on Sharon's head, the seller said in a message on the internet auction site.

Next up on eBay: a pair of stained French Army-issued underpants, circa 1940.

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