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Casino buys plaster image of Jesus Christ



Published: Fri, June 24, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



PITTSBURGH (AP) -- An Internet casino has added what could be a sign of the divine or a sign to call a plumber to its collection of oddities.

GoldenPalace.com paid $1,999.99 for a water-stained piece of plaster from a Pittsburgh man's bathroom that looks like an image of Jesus Christ.

"This water stain from the shower just fits right in with the other purchases we've made. For us, it's a no-brainer. The public is interested in these things, and we get the exposure," Drew Black, a spokesman for the online casino, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in a story Thursday.

Jeffrey Rigo, 30, an Internet network engineer, said he saw the image when he stepped out of the shower June 11. He dubbed the piece of plaster "Shower Jesus." Rigo cut it out of his bathroom, mounted it in a box and put it up for auction on eBay.

Rigo rejected several bids after two would-be buyers drove up the price to more than $320,000. He didn't have another bid when GoldenPalace.com offered him his original asking price of $1,999.99 Tuesday evening.

The casino has a collection of odd items, including a a 10-year-old, partially-eaten cheese sandwich thought to contain the image of the Virgin Mary; a pretzel shaped like the Virgin Mary holding a baby Jesus, and a pregnancy test that allegedly belonged to Britney Spears.

It also bought a metal walking cane that once belonged to a 6-year-old boy's grandfather for $65,000. The boy's mother auctioned the cane to ease her son's fears that his grandfather's ghost was haunting their home.

Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.




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