Pasadena, California (IP) - Comet 17P/Holmes is on sale on Ebay and the starting price is $19.95. The seller is Dr. Holmes who discovered the comet.
Comets are made of dust and ice and it is possible that elements like gold and silver could be present on comets so the auction winner could actually end up with a nice profit.
Comets may also contain the basic building blocks of life and may also carry pathogens so the comet can not be shipped via the USPS and if using UPS then UPS should be notified that the contents of the package is a comet.
The seller has promised to triple bag the comet and place it in a plastic storage box with tape sealing the periphery of the container. The winner of the comet is also warned not to place the comet inside their home because it could vent carbon dioxide and other chemicals and it should be kept in a walk in cooler.