Virgin Mary Cheese Sandwich on eBay


macrumors Core
Original poster
Mar 20, 2004
"Between the Hedges"
It was pulled off as a joke, and then put back on when determined it was NO joke. :rolleyes:

Link to full CNN article

'Virgin Mary' sandwich back on eBay
Top bid reaches over $16,000 in second round of bidding

MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- The people at eBay were no believers in this cheesy miracle: half of a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich whose owner claimed it bore the image of the Virgin Mary.

Diana Duyser 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 nearly 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."

On Tuesday, the Web site allowed bidding to resume, with the top offer reaching over $16,000. Bidding is scheduled to end Monday.

Company spokesman Hani Durzy said the listing was mistakenly removed because officials doubted whether Duyser could deliver the product.

"After looking at it a second time, there's nothing to indicate that the seller isn't willing to give up this cheese sandwich to the highest bidder," he said. "We're going to allow it to stay up."

In mocking response, two similar items were posted later -- grilled cheese sandwiches bearing the images of the Virgin Mary's used chewing gum and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.

The sandwich, she added, has never sprouted a spore of mold.

eBay now lists...

Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich T-shirts
Plain grilled cheese sandwich (no Virgin Mary)
Real grilled cheese sandwich Virgin Mary - very rare
Elvis grilled cheese sandwich (listed as better than Virgin Mary)
Web domain for Virgin Mary grilled cheese
Email domain for Virgin Mary grilled cheese
AIM screen name for Virgin Mary grilled cheese

And dozens of other listings for Virgin Mary grilled cheese



macrumors G4
Aug 2, 2004
Looks more like Mariel Hemmingway than the Virgin Mary. I would think this would be incredibly easy to fake.

Lord Blackadder

macrumors G5
May 7, 2004
Sod off
How about a George Foreman grill with a Virgin Mary pattern so all of your sandwiches look that way? I smell a patent...

...For a minute there I thought it was...Herself! - Father Ted

Edit: OMFG look at the current bid? do mine eyes decieve me?

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :D


macrumors Core
Original poster
Mar 20, 2004
"Between the Hedges"
Quite a few other items now...

An Atkins Friendly Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese
One grilled on a George Foreman Grill with recipe
Virgin Mary grilled cheese Christmas cards
Virgin Mary grilled HAM and cheese

And even this one...

This was almost an authentic grilled cheese sandwich. That is until my 6 year old daughter got her hands on it and drew what appears to be the Virgin Mary. Now I can't tell for sure but it bears a striking Resembleance to Mary. I must preface this by saying it has been many years since I left my catholic high school education. However from what I can remember this is exactly what she looked like. The buyer of this piece of bread will surely be blessed with the gift of higher spirituality and wisdom. I don't know if I can fully explain this phenomenon but will attempt to answer all queries. Please take some time and absorb this true miracle. I ask you to bid responsibly.



macrumors G4
Aug 2, 2004
Lord Blackadder said:
Edit: OMFG look at the current bid? do mine eyes decieve me?

:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :D
People are idiots. Take the $70,000 and give it to your church, or to a charity, or some other good deed. But purchasing a supposed 10 year old piece of toast with somebody's "face" on it? Right.


macrumors P6
Oct 20, 2002
I can see a face, but it could be anyone's face. Can't imagine anyone purchasing a perishable item like that at any price. It's human nature to try to see a human face in items.

P. T. Barnum said it best, there is a sucker born every minute.


macrumors 68020
Sep 16, 2003
The Dallas 'burbs
I think she needs the money to pay off gambling debts.

people ask me if I have had blessings since she has been in my home, I do feel I have, I have won $70,000 (total) on different occasions at the casino near by my house
Note she doesn't mention how much she spent to win that $70,000.

I could be wrong but doesn't the Bible sort of frown on gambling?

Apple Hobo

macrumors 6502a
Mar 19, 2004
A series of tubes
I can't find the auction on eBay. Did it end? Removed?

Yesterday the bid was close to $19,000. I love how every idiot is trying to auction their own sandwiches, web domains, t-shirts, etc.

L@@k! Real rare vintage Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich! Not a Hoax!

Never underestimate the power of stupid people with lots of money to spend on old, half-eaten sandwiches. :rolleyes:


macrumors Penryn
Dec 27, 2002
Location Location Location
Oh good grief, even if it was the face of the Virgin Mary, so what! Pure coincidence......and it may not even be her face, so the coincidence is that there's someones face in the sandwich.

And if she's going to show her face in our world today, it probably won't be in a grilled cheese sandwich.


macrumors 603
Jul 3, 2004
Mac since 7.5
Y'know, I can burn a sandwich and scrape away the black stuff to leave an "amazing" image, too. How much would you pay for Elvis' face on a toasted peanut butter and bacon sandwich? :rolleyes: :p


macrumors 68040
Apr 3, 2003
are people bidding on this the same types who want the creationism taught in science classes? :rolleyes: what is this world coming to...


macrumors 68030
Aug 5, 2004
a profane existence
I just saw this on the CBC website. Quite hilarious indeed. And here is a picture of the seller with the item.

"The sandwich was made on plain white bread with American cheese and cooked with no oil or butter."

I tried to make a cheese sandwich a long time ago without any butter or oil and it did not burn as much as hers. I wonder why most people when they have something like this (an image of a person) they automatically assume it to is of religious in nature and not just an image of a person. It could just as much be a representation of Alexander the Great for all I know :rolleyes:



macrumors 603
Jul 17, 2004
Dang. I wonder if it is immoral to sell a holy artifact?

"Y'ure gonna go ta hell fer that one!"
(say it with an accent!!)

Hehe... Is this a Christian thing? I seem to be missing out on all the fun.... :rolleyes:


macrumors 6502
Jun 24, 2003
There was gum on ebay chewed by someone called Maria who claimed she was virgin... but they have taken it down.
It was very cheap though - only like 6 dollars.


macrumors 6502
Apr 9, 2003
Reading, Berkshire, England
Choked on my Breakfast !

edesignuk said:
I read about this in the paper this morning, pathetic :rolleyes:
I can only agree edesignuk - it is pathetic, though it made me laugh so much that I choked up my breakfast . . . . . . which was a cheese toastie !

P.S. I want Keira all for myself - not sharing her with anyone - just don't tell my wife (please !). :cool: