Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 7th, 2008
Sadly, but not surprisingly, the eBay final bid to snatch the Bigfoot hoax costume and ice freezer has been declared a hoax itself. This means that the two Georgia individuals who took $50,000 for the fake body are not off the hook, after all.
As you will remember, the winning eBay bid was over $250,000.
In an exclusive interview with Cryptomundo, Joshua Warren, the auction organizer, who saw a path to resolve the conflict between the Indiana owner of the fake who was tricked out of his fifty grand and the two Georgia gentlemen, has admitted defeat.
Warren informed me earlier today: “It seems clear that the winning bidder was fraudulent. It was someone who probably used an eBay sniping program to automatically outbid whatever bid was placed. They are now suffering the consequences with eBay.”
Warren had carefully worded the announcement that if the top bid failed, the next highest bid would win the auction. But he’s finding problems in collecting the money.
He says: “We have since contacted the other bidders and they are all now reticent. This auction coincided perfectly with the initial collapse of the economy, and legit bidders are now struggling with whether or not to follow through….I have doubts this transaction will be completed. It’s a shame, considering how much good could have been done with the money, and the fact we’ll probably see this ridiculous saga play out in the courts.”
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.