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Internet Casino Buys 'Virgin Mary' Pretzel

By Associated Press

March 10, 2005, 9:10 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. -- An Internet casino that previously bought a partially eaten grilled cheese sandwich now has a pretzel that some believe is shaped like the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus.

Antigua-based Golden Palace Casino swooped in about 30 seconds before bidding closed Wednesday evening on the Internet auction site eBay.

The winning bid: $10,600.

"What it says to me is that this pretzel is so much more than an edible item. We only paid $3.29 for the whole bag," said Machelle Naylor, who sold the snack from her home in St. Paul.

The likeness of the Virgin Mary also was seen in the grilled cheese sandwich for which the Golden Palace paid $28,000 to a Florida woman in November.

Golden Palace spokesman Jon Wolf said the casino acquires such items for a variety of reasons. "We think the notoriety is worth it," Wolf said.

Naylor's 12-year-old daughter, Crysta, said she discovered the Rold Gold honey-mustard-flavored pretzel while snacking and watching television with her family on Feb. 27.

Copyright © 2005, The Associated Press


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