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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

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A liver awaiting despatch, yesterday.

A person, so far known only by his screen name Britvic3953, has sold his liver on ebay for £6.52.

The seller, who has refused to respond to emails, put up the listing for seven days. Advertising the liver as 'one careful owner, never subjected to alcohol.'

It was purchased by Andrew Bunker, 37, who is in need of a liver transplant.

He told us "the listing stated that it was a universal liver, so it should fit all makes and years, and that one size fits all. It will be great getting hold of it and using it, mine's pretty buggered, through years of alcohol abuse."

"I mean, if it only lasts me another year, for £6.52, that's well worth the price!" he continued.

The exact details of where the liver came from are not so clear. Whether it belongs directly to Britvic3953, or whether it was a friends, or family members, is cause for concern from some watchdogs.

Carole Parsnip, of Ebaywatch, said "the liver must be fresh, and must categorically belong to the seller. If the seller is intending to 'reap to order' then we, as a group, feel a law must have been broken."

The sale of bodyparts on ebay is not new. Only last year a Sussex man sold his right arm online for a few pounds, and in May, Bob Travesty sold six feet of his small intestines for £5.63 to a builder in Spain.

"The postage and packing was a bit steep," said Bunker, of his impending de-liver-y, "but I'm hoping it arrives promptly. I could have opted for a postage reduction by buying multiple items, but there was nothing else on his site I wanted. I don't need any new feet, and my index finger is fine!"

Let's hope he liver's to see it!

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