Feeds

eBayers go ape for Reagan funeral accessories

Over $66,000 bid

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

The guy's only been dead a month, and already paraphernalia from Ronald Reagan's lying in state and funeral are driving bidders wild on eBay.

On offer are photos, programmes, memorial cards, invitations, seating tickets, even recordings of the eulogies spoken after the 40th president's demise on 5 June 2004.

So far, more than 780 items have been sold, yielding a total of $66,000 for the sellers, Associated Press report. One programme went on sale within hours of the 11 June 2004 funeral. The winning bid was $1,525. Another programme sold the following day for $1,075.

Ghoulish, perhaps, but conducted in a spirit of free enterprise with which Reagan would surely have approved.

"The president believed in economic opportunity and the free market," a Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation spokeswoman told AP.

Buyers keen to own a piece of Reaganalia should hurry: only 52 items remain on eBay's Reagan funeral site, with prices ranging from $8.95 for a photo to $695 for a framed set of snaps and gratitude cards. ®

Related stories

eBayer fires salvo at PS2-vending mum
US woman eBays stroppy son's PS2
Tiffany sues eBay over fakes
eBay buys Indian auction site
Teenager gets three years for eBay scam
eBay scammer gets stung
Oops! Firm accidentally eBays customer database
German 'old tart' emailer fined
Police probe 'joke' eBay daughter sale couple
eBay profits soar

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Backing up Big Data
Solving backup challenges and “protect everything from everywhere,” as we move into the era of big data management and the adoption of BYOD.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.