July 28th, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Latex Casey Anthony mask fetches almost $1 million on eBay

A big spender on eBay shelled out almost $1 million to get inside Casey Anthony's head.

A Los Angeles eBay user called "prophunter" wound up with six rubber renderings of Anthony's face that had been used in a parody video and put one of them up for auction on eBay. That first mask  garnered a winning bid of $999,900 Wednesday. It beat out 104 other bids that started at $25 on  Monday.

In the description field for the item, the seller billed it as "possibly the most frightening mask on the planet."

The mask's expression is, well, expressionless, capturing the image that became a national obsession over the course of Anthony's almost six-week trial for the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Anthony was acquitted on July 5, drawing the vocal ire of crowds outside the courthouse, social media users and television personalities nationwide.

On HLN's Showbiz News Tonight on Wednesday, Popeater.com columnist Rob Shuter pronounced then-active bidding "tasteless, but it is capitalism."

For comparison's sake, the most expensive set of Charlton Heston's stone tablets from "The Ten Commandments" fetched $87,000 at Christie's in 1995, which would be a little more than $120,000 today.

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  1. Bob

    I dont get it. Couldn't you hire a professional to make one for the fraction of the cost?

    July 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RodBinNC

    The money should go to the police and the searchers and the vols who helped look for her daughter. People should not be allowed to make money off the little girls death. Neither should Casey.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bibi5

      I don't see it as making money off of poor Caylee's murder. I see it as making money off the hypocrisy of our judicial system and the questionable decision of the "jury of her peers". The guy who sold the mask buys and sells all kinds of props and this was just another prop that he picked up.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skallop

      Neil, I agree. No one should profit from this tragedy.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Neil

    only 2 people can spend this money
    1. A moron. He can easily make any mask for less than $100
    2. Some TV networking company who is paying million bucks for that stupid casey anthony interview but to public it would be hey! I never paid a cent but to her i got your stupid mask for 1 million and paid you indirectly now give interview

    July 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • May be true

      May be true

      July 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • bulldog121349

      I would love to put this mask onto totmoms stone "cold killer face" with carzy glue – add some duct tape and then pull it off slowly- I hope someone somewhere wipes that smirk off her face.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • David Daniels

      Very Good incite indeed.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hopey

    There's no way that the "winning" bid is legitimate. It's just some teenage kid screwing around on Ebay and CNN got suckered into writing about a story about it. This happens all the time with high-profile items. It'll be discovered a day or so from now that the bid was fake, and then CNN will write a much shorter story reporting that the bid turned out to be a hoax.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthefredman

      Really. There will be a million Casey Anthony Halloween masks on sale in about three months for $9.99.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bibi5

    I'll be surprised if that was a legitimate bid. Looking at the bid history, it appears that the price jumped in fairly large increments–although I've never bought anything for more than $100 on eBay....

    July 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Victoria

    This is crap reporting and I'm really disappointed in CNN. The bid was not honest. Anyone can "bid" anything.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bibi5

      True, but the ID of the winning bidder does have a history with 81 feedbacks, so they risk losing that account if the bid is bogus (which I agree with). Could be another family member used it or maybe they don't use eBay any longer. If you look at the bid history, almost everyone who bid on it, even up into the thousands of dollars had significant history.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ralphiec88

    Why is this article even here? The "sale" is obviously bogus.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      If it's not confirmed to be bogus .. then let it be written .

      July 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anafiel

    That seller will never get paid. A bunch of Casey Anthony haters bid that mask up and will walk away without paying. Good for them!

    July 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dowdotica

    ? boy i sure wish I had a million bucks to squander....

    July 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. steeve-o

    Sucker born every minute. In a year's time you'll get these at any Halloween store for $19.95.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Random Caller

      I suspect that in a year, nobody will care, who Casey Anthony is.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. @atcpilotsc

    well i got the winning big on ebay for this mask thank god – now i just have to find a way to get the wife to wear it tonight....

    July 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • caseysloins

      The mask won't work on a 300 lb woman so you wasted your money

      July 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Hertz

      funny thing is, I think of CMA while bangin my old lady

      July 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Louise

    Stop the madness. Let this evil woman be sucked into a black hole – to only emerge as she faces our Creator

    July 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    Clearly the folks at CNN have never seen the eBay trolls at work when a high-profile item comes about.

    Considering eBay allows you a few non-paying bidder reports before actually doing anything, the cost-of-entry for trolling such things is pretty low.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Nonsense

    No one in their right mind would pay more than $100 – $200, and even that is high. Either 1) this is a total fake, and a worthless story, or 2) there are some serious facts missing. Either way, you messed up CNN!

    July 28, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David Daniels

    Isn't this just a sign that we live in some of the sickest times of the age of mankind! So sick that these idiot bidders who in their right frame of mind could have figured out that with all the money they were spending they could have had a mask shop make the same mask, and probably better, for the smallest fraction of what their final bids were. What a waste of resources that could have been spent on trying to prevent another precious little child from dying in the manner Caylee did from or going hungry somewhere out there in the world due to famine and starvation. Even the ultmate buyer of these masks should hide their faces in shame. Well, were else should they hide their faces but in these ridiculous masks that they just spent a million dollars for. Even Madame Tassauds wouldn't have been stupid enough to go this route to put Casey's image into their sections of wax monstrosities or mass murderers and executioners.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
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