Thursday, May 15, 2008

Guess Who? 2008-05-15

'Virgin Mary' Rock GoingOn eBay

BROOKSVILLE - It's sort of like that grilled cheese sandwich with the image of the Virgin Mary on it.

Only it isn't edible.

It's a fine-grained rock, allegedly created by nature and found by Brooksville resident Dena Patterson, who hopes to cash in on the rock by auctioning it off on eBay.

Patterson, 79, stumbled upon the rock when walking through the woods in West Virginia in 1996. She found it near a stream, where water had apparently poured over it and formed the image of a veiled Mary cradling the baby Jesus in her arms.

She knows about the other highly-publicized sales of unexpected Virgin Mary collectibles: For example, the 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that sold for $28,000 or the pretzel that sold for $10,600. Both items reportedly bore the image of Jesus' mother.

"I expect to get a lot of money," she said. "This is a rock. It's not like it's a piece of cheese."

Yeah, you go lady. Gramma gots to get payed.

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