A schoolgirl tired of her grandmother's "moaning" decided to sell the pensioner on eBay.

Zoe Pemberton, 10, from Clacton in Essex, put her 61-year-old grandmother up for sale on the auction website with no reserve price, describing her as "rare and annoying and moaning a lot." She also said pensioner Marion Goodall was "very cuddly," loved word searches and enjoyed drinking tea.

Zoe's granny attracted bids of more than $3500.

Explaining her drastic actions, Zoe said: "Well, she was annoying me."

"She was moaning at me when I wrote down that her favourite food was curry — she said could I change it to Chinese. Apart from that she didn't seem to mind."

A total of 27 bids were received for Ms Goodall, but she has since been withdrawn from the site.

Zoe was visiting her father, Thomas Pemberton, and her grandmother at their home in Clacton-on-Sea, when she made the mischievous online offer. eBay spokeswoman Jenny Thomas confirmed the website had removed the listing.

"While no doubt Mrs Goodall would have fetched a princely sum, eBay does not allow the listing of any human being on the site."

"Mind you, we were impressed to see a total of 27 bids for the lady in question."

It is not the first time eBay has been used by family members to vent their frustration. Brit William Ireland offered his dad's ashes on the auction website in June in revenge for being abandoned as a child.

He said: "Here are the ashes of my father, Kenneth, an adulterer who left a wife, two children and just $40 in her pocket."