It’s become an item of accepted wisdom that, if you find an object that appears to have a smudgy image of the Virgin Mary or Jesus on it, you can auction the item on EBay and make a lot of money. I could use some extra money, and so I decided to take a look into the possibilities for myself.
Sadly, what I found is that the market for blurry religious icons seems to have dried up. There’s a glut of little miracle objects on EBay these days, and none of them seems to be selling.
With even more chutzpah, another seller is asking $12,000 for a smear on a rock that’s supposed to look like the Virgin Mary. Alas, there are no bids. The image looks more like Queen Victoria to me. Goodness, could the Queen have a blessing for us?
There’s under two hours to go on the bidding for a seashell that’s supposed to look like the Virgin Mary. The starting price is $20.00. So far, the top bid is: Absolutely nothing.
Let’s face it: Holy smudges are passe. If you want to get attention for your found religious icon, you’ve got to kick it up a notch. Let’s get conceptual. An image of Jesus on a piece of toast, holding another image of Jesus on a piece of toast – now that might get a bid.