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eBay Yanks Elian Items

A weathered raft purportedly used to carry Elian Gonzalez from Cuba and a jar of air supposedly from Little Havana were yanked from eBay's auction site amid complaints from fellow auctioneers.

Bids for the raft, a 9-by-5 straw-strewn slab of wood with a tire on one end, were halted Monday after eBay users complained to the San Jose-based company that the items were fake or nonexistent.

"We reserve the right to pull down questionable auctions," said eBay spokesman Henry Gomez. "The bids were extremely high. At one point there was a $10 million bid on the raft and that bid was retracted."

Raft or Daft?
Another photo of the alleged raft from the item description.
Gomez said neither the raft itself nor the high bid could be verified.

Other Elian-related items removed from eBay included a toothbrush "like the one Elian would have used," a jar of air containing scents from Miami's Little Havana neighborhood and an offer to sell Elian.

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