$600 paid out for an unseen present



MOURA'S Troy Rann admits some friends thought he was crazy when he chose to pay more than $600 for someone else's unwanted Christmas present on eBay.

What makes the purchase even more bizarre is that neither Troy nor the UK-based seller knows what lies within the present's festive wrapping.

"I have no idea what it is, it could be anything from a handkerchief to a photo frame.

"I just hope it isn't a pair of knickers or anything like that.''

The 30-year-old miner says he decided to bid for the present after hearing about it on Channel 9's Today program.

"When you're 30 and Santa has stopped coming you kind of know what you're getting for Christmas so this will be the first surprise present I've had in a while.''

The Essex-based seller put the item up for sale on Christmas Day, Australian time, saying his wife had received an unwanted gift.

The present weighed about 200 grams and measured roughly 16.5cm by 9.5cm by 9cm.

Troy's 262 winning bid will be donated to a children's charity.

The story has been picked up by news agencies in the UK and the United States and Troy says he has received countless emails from people interested to find out the contents of the mystery present.

When it arrives in about two weeks time Troy says he would like to open the present on Today or in front of a webcam in Rockhampton.

And he already has an idea what he wants to do with his belated Christmas present: "If its something that'll fit in a frame I'll put it on my wall.



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