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. Tim

    How is this worth anything, to anyone? Why wouldn't they just commission someone to make one? It'd probably only be a few thousand for a better quality one. What a strange world! I'm clearly in the wrong line of work. I need to start marketing worthless pop culture crap to wackos!

    July 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sramsy

    This is a joke. There is no way anyone would pay that much for a rubber mask when they could have it custom made for under $1000. Or let's just say $10,000.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Camille Toh

    This would not have happened if those religious pukes would have let her get the late term abortion she wanted.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jarrod

      That's a foolish comment. Abortion or no abortion, the child would have been murdered; at least w/o the abortion the child had a chance.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • some girl

      It was a late term abortion. Just very, very late.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anomic Office Drone

    We all know people buy stupid junk for too much money. What shocks me is that $87,000 from 1995 is worth $120,000. That really puts inflation in perspective.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. rae

    Seriously, this is just ridiculous. This is not Casey Anthony trying to make money, this is again, the media and whatever idiot made the mask. People need to get on with their lifes..........move on for goodness sake.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. EmGeeKay

    This is the scariest mask I've ever seen. I can tell that the mask makers are going to be making some up for Halloween. She's not even semi-hot. She's got a horse face, big teeth, and her ears stick out. With her hair pulled back during the trial, you could see all her flaws. But her biggest flaw is that she's a child murderer!

    July 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      She's smokin' hot actually!

      July 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • tejaartist

      Not to mention that her eyes are too close together.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. barbara

    anyone who would pay that much for the mask of a baby murderer needs to fill the same jail cell she should be filling.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Art In Chicago

    If the person who won the bid is serious and is an American, we need to increase taxes on the rich.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Spaceboy

    The bids aren't real.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • dvclipper314

      Agreed. If you look at the bid history on eBay you'll see it jump from $50,000 to $700,000.00 and then up to $900,000.00 all by the same bidder. This so smells like a media stunt.

      July 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Skinhaus

      For some reason Ebay has always encouraged obviously bogus bidding meant only to draw attention for items with high current visibility. For example, new products like video game units will see all manner of ridiculous bidding.

      Apparently some items are more equal than others, a few years back I auctioned for pennies genuine information on how to get a reasonably discounted Xbox 360 at the time of its introduction, Ebay took down my auction and canceled my account for a never specified "terms of service" violation. At the same time, obviously straw buyers were bidding the units as high as $12,000. I pursued Ebay as to what their problem actually was with my offer, their cowardice spoke volumes for their character.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bookldy209

    What a travesty. Imagine all the kids in foster care or struggling schools that kind of money could've helped. You know – the ones that were allowed to live.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. adam h

    the real story here is who would be foolish enough to spend 1 million on that? You have 1 million to waste and you don't even donate it to charity?

    July 28, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dean

    Maybe the winning bidder will run for the senate. We could really use a bigger idiot in D C.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    What a load of crap. If anyone believes this story, I have ocean property to sell you real cheap in Arizona.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richard Christy

    I would like her to have my abortion

    July 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. FajitaBob

    I got my curious george mask for $5. What? It's not curious george? Are you sure? Nevermind.

    July 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
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