Grilled Cheese Madonna on eBay - now relisted!

Uh… this is too wacky to comment on.

From Yahoo! Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Back Up On Ebay

The Internet auction house eBay Inc. reversed itself Tuesday and is allowing bids for half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that its owner says bears the image of the Virgin Mary.

Diana Duyser, of Hollywood, put the sandwich up for sale last week, drawing bids as high as $22,000 before eBay pulled the item Sunday night. The page was viewed almost 100,000 times before being taken down.

An e-mail Duyser received from eBay said the sandwich broke its policy, which “does not allow listings that are intended as jokes.”

But Duyser, a work-from-home jewelry designer who has bought and sold items on eBay for two years, said the grilled cheese wasn’t a joke.

The auction was back on Tuesday afternoon with a top bid of $5,100. The winning bidder also has to pay $9.95 for shipping. In mocking response, two similar items were later posted — grilled cheese sandwiches bearing the images of the Virgin Mary’s used gum and Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.

A phone message left with San Jose, Calif.-based eBay was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Duyser thought eBay would be the best place to show off the sandwich, made on plain white bread and American cheese and cooked with no oil or butter. She said she took a bite after making it 10 years ago and saw a face staring back at her from the bread.

Duyser, 52, put the sandwich in a clear plastic box with cotton balls and kept it on her night stand.

At first, she was scared by the image, “but now that I realize how unique it is, I wanted to share it with the world,” Duyser told The Miami Herald.

She said the sandwich has never sprouted a spore of mold.

Yeah, I had to look.

[Editor’s Note: This same news item was also submitted by Eggman a couple of days ago. I had intended to massage Eggman’s entry a bit so it was a little more than just a cut-and-paste of the full news article, but when this entry came along it saved me a bit of work to approve this one. Still, Eggman deserves credit for bringing it to my attention first. – Les]

21 thoughts on “Grilled Cheese Madonna on eBay - now relisted!

  1. You’re right- this entry is its own comment.  Do you want the royalties in melted cheese or oatmeal?  I can offer you Margaret Thatcher or Bullwinkle.

    That said, I can’t resist adding that this propensity for seeing faces everywhere is not (merely) wacky- we are hardwired from birth to look for faces, for obvious reasons, and thus have far more news items about Elvis on Mars, the Virgin Mary on a fencepost, etc., that about My Old Dodge Dart in a Pancake.

  2. You gotta check the eBay link out.  At last look there were 392 Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese items, and the (presumed) original had to plaintively add “Not a Hoax”.  The latest bid was up to $7600, so hurry up!

    A lot of real meanies have items up making fun (I think) of the original.  I hope they burn in hell.

  3. Unsomnambulist, I was working on it. Really. It’s hard to be original in your snarkiness when you have to be as snarky as often as I do. I don’t want to just repeat a past fit of snarkitude. grin

    Zilch, trust me, we’ve been over the mechanisms that result in this silliness many times here on SEB. In the past I started a thread stating my intentions to collect photos of this sort of thing that I still intend to honor at some point. I’ve got a small number of photos so far, but I want to get a few more before making an entry. If you have any examples, let me know.

  4. Les- a worthy project.  I shoulda known it was old hat here- I haven’t read through all the archives yet.

    BTW- if you look closely at the VMGC, she seems to be holding a blaster or a plasma gun.  Two questions:  1) what does that mean for Catholic dogma, and 2) does this mean we can get her as a skin or a bot?  That would be too cool for school.  I know I would think twice before railing her…

  5. I was working at the radio station working the Punk show when the guys found that article.  We had fun commenting on it and then played “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” by Good Charlotte.  Pretty appropriate IMHO.

  6. On the other hand, maybe that blaster didn’t appear until after she’d had a bite taken out of her.  Is there any proof she’s being sold by the original owner?

  7. At least Elvis sightings I can actually understand.  There are real pictures of that guy everywhere.  No one I know of has ever seen a picture of Mary, and when did she get a perm?

  8. If that isn’t Barbara Streisand, I’ll eat that ten-year-old sandwich.

    No, I actually think it’s Bette Midler. Yeah, it is. If that isn’t Bette Midler, I’ll eat that ten-year-old sandwich.

  9. The other day I took a dump and one of the turds looked just like a 1st century Roman iron nail. Does this mean my large intestine is divine? I wonder if I put said turd on ebay if some christian starry eyed true believer will pay me $5,100 for what is essentially the remains of the Whopper combo that inspired it.

  10. 1) I like the idea of a hall of fame of random spontaeous religiouus iconolatry.

    2) Not having known the Virgin Mary personally I’d say the woman reminds me more of a Michelle Pfeiffer playing Clara Bow. But I could be wrong.

  11. I hear there is a complete Da Vinci ‘Last Supper on a ten week old Velveeta Sandwhich” going for up to half a million bid so far….bigbro

  12. The sandwich sold for 28,000 last night, to an online casino.

    MIAMI (Reuters) – An online casino won the eBay bidding for a decade-old cheese sandwich bearing what some people consider a likeness of the Virgin Mary and immediately began hawking Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese T-shirts.’s bid of $28,000 was the highest offer for the sandwich when bidding closed late on Monday, the Internet casino’s Web site said.

    The seller, Fort Lauderdale, Florida resident Diana Duyser, says she made the cheese sandwich 10 years ago and after taking a bite, saw “the Virgin Mary staring back at me.”

    In her eBay ad, Duyser said the sandwich has been kept in a plastic case for a decade and has developed no mold or bacteria. “It is like a miracle,” she said.

    “I would like all people to know that I do believe that this is the Virgin Mary Mother Of God,” the ad said. “That is my solemn belief, but you are free to believe that she is whomever you like, I am not scamming anyone.” said on its Web site that the “sacred sandwich” had received more than 1.7 million hits since being posted on eBay. The company’s chief executive, Richard Rowe, said the sandwich would be used to raise money for charity.

    The T-shirts, in various styles bearing a picture of the sandwich and a logo, sell for $19.99.

    “We believe that everyone should be able to see it and learn of its mystical power for themselves,” Rowe said.

    This is just so wrong on so many fucking levels. The insane have gained control of the asylum.

  13. Well, at least the VMGC is going to a place that appreciates Her true Value.  I’m a little disappointed that the Pope didn’t put in a bid, though.

    Ya gotta wonder about her seller- on eBay she said she had won $70,000 since the VMGC appeared in her life, and now she’s grabbed the lousy $28K, and jettisoned her like last week’s cheese sandwich.  I wonder if there isn’t something fishy going on here…

    This is just so wrong on so many fucking levels. The insane have gained control of the asylum

    Yes, Brock, but sometimes you just have to relax and enjoy the Spectacle.  Are you out $19.99?  I thought not.  Now, when they start teaching Grilled Cheese Design in the schools, I’ll start worrying.

  14. Shana- I’m speechless.  How deliciously wicked.  The Original GCVM is green with envy (or maybe it’s mold).

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