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It's been confirmed that the record-breaking $10 million bid for the Web address year2000.com was a hoax. The bogus bid for the Web site address was made via the online auction house eBay after the current owner decided to sell it. Had the sale gone through it would have been the highest amount paid for a Web address. The current record is held by eCompanies which bought business.com for $7.5 million. Attempts by officials at eBay to contact the purchaser proved unsuccessful following an investigation by the auction house. "We never thought it was a legitimate bid," sighed Antoinette de Jager, the wife of Peter Jager, the fallen prophet, who owns year2000.com. "We're not upset or disappointed by this," she said. Both eBay and the de Jagers are now trying to find out which of the bids -- if any -- is genuine. There's speculation that someone is prepared to cough up $2.5 million for Web address although this has yet to be confirmed. ®

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