Washington, October 18 : The hoax 'body' of Bigfoot, which was found to be a Halloween costume made of rubber, has been sold for 250,000 dollars on eBay, an online auction website.
According to a report in Fox News, the hoax came into being after two Georgia residents, Matthew Whitton and Rick Dyer, recently claimed that they had discovered the frozen corpse of a Bigfoot. But, Tom Biscardi, owner of a Bigfoot exploration website, decided to get under the skin of things, and hired a self-described "Sasquatch detective" Steve Kulls to solve the mystery. He sent Kulls to a secret location - apparently Muncie, Indiana - to check out the specimen.
But, what Kulls found at the location failed to impress him, and after elaborate analysis, he declared the body to be a fake.
Paranormal entrepreneur Joshua P. Warren, from North Carolina, put the original rubber Halloween costume on eBay for sale; complete with the basement freezer it was kept in.
The winning bidder put up 250,203 dollars by the end of the auction, which closed on October 17.
"Neither of them are going to make a penny off of this auction," said Warren, referring to Whitton and Dyer.
Warren also said that Tom Biscardi wouldn't get any of the auction money.
"My arrangement is with the people who control the body. Money from this auction is going to hopefully resolve the legal conflicts," he added.
Warren's eBay auction page explains that the animal parts have since been replaced with "non-organic" materials.
The winner will get the rubber costume with "non-organic" parts replacing the roadkill guts, the freezer, "legal paperwork to prove its authenticity" and a "personal visit" from Dyer and Whitton.
As for the existence of the mythical Bigfoot, Warren said, "I really do not believe that there is a physical, biological 800-pound ape-like organism running around out there in North America."
"There is no biological basis for that," he added.
As for this particular hoax, Warren said, "I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hoping it was real when I heard two guys had found a body. But once again it was not to be true."