WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A New Zealand man has put his soul up for auction to the highest bidder, noting that it is "a merry old soul" rather than a "funk soul brother" but that he would "would like to think there is a bit of funk in there somewhere."
Walter Scott, 24, put his soul up for sale on New Zealand Internet auction site TradeMe, and so far has received more than 100 expressions of interest.
Bids in the auction, which was to close Thursday, had reached $189 late Wednesday.
Scott said he had been thinking about selling his soul for ages.
"I can't see it, touch it or feel it, but I can sell it, so I'm going to palm it off to the highest bidder," he said.
It was in "pretty good nick" except for a rough patch six years ago when he reached the legal drinking age, he said.
Advice from a lawyer was that the winning bidder would not be entitled to anything but Scott's soul and would not be able to own or control him in any way, he said.
The successful bidder will receive a framed deed of "soul ownership," Scott said.
TradeMe business manager Michael O'Donnell said the auction complied with the site's rules because a physical object — the deed of ownership — would change hands.
"I think he has entered into the spirit of the (online) community (and) he's also responded to our request to have a physical thing for sale and he's put together a nice looking deed for ownership," O'Donnell said.
"He's answered the questions in a straightforward manner and with humor and personally. I think it's unlikely that anyone's going to be misled by that auction," he told the Stuff Web site.
In 2001, 20-year-old U.S. university student Adam Burtle tried unsuccessfully to sell his soul on auction Web site eBay.
Bidding had reached $400 before the auction was pulled from the site, with the company ruling something tangible needed to swap hands.
Last month an Australian man sold his entire life including his house and a trial at his job after the break up of his five-year marriage for $383,200.