- Dale Leeks, who lives in London, listed his girlfriend of one year, Kelly Greaves, on eBay as a prank.
- He was shocked when bids reached £70,000 ($AU129,500) in just 24 hours.
- His page was shut down by eBay because the site said Leeks had violated its policy of selling human body parts or remains.
A British man who tried to sell his girlfriend on eBay as a prank was shocked when bids reached £70,000 ($AU129,500).
Dale Leeks, who lives in London, listed his girlfriend of one year, Kelly Greaves, on the auction website because he "wanted to have a laugh," he told CTV News.
But the ad was removed from eBay after 24 hours - when bids had already reached $US92,000 - because the site said Leeks violated its policy of selling human body parts or remains.
In the now-deleted post, Leeks described Greaves as a "miniature collectible" who made a "constant whining noise" and is "fairly tidy but close up shows signs of wear."
The ad also said Greaves had "no serious damage but you can see she's been used."
Leeks said that as the night went on, he received bids from Europe, the United States and Australia.
After the page had been viewed 81,000 times in just 24 hours, it was removed from eBay.
"They told me I couldn't sell a human being," Leeks told CTV News.
Leeks has assured Greaves and the media that he wasn't actually going to sell his girlfriend.
But when bids started increasing, he joked: "I'm not going to lie, I would have been quite sad to see you go, but it wouldn't have been so sad 'cause I would have been crying in my Ferrari or my Lamborghini."
Greaves, who was friends with Leeks for ten years before they started dating a year ago, wasn't surprised by the prank, Leeks said.
"She couldn't get into a relationship with me like this if she couldn't take a joke," he said. "This is a just a normal day living with me, really … I do stuff like this all the time."