An antique mirror managed to scare up $155 U.S. in a recent eBay auction despite -- or perhaps because of -- claims that it might be haunted.
The two sellers -- Joseph Birch, 20, and Sotiris Charalambous, 43 -- claim they acquired the allegedly haunted mirror when their landlord put it in a dumpster outside their London home about five months ago.
Since then, the duo claim they've suffered a streak of bad luck, including financial problems and illness according to the Daily Mail.
The duo claim that since they took possession of the mirror, they've woken up "screaming in pain," felt "a sense of impending doom," and spotted "flickering shadows" reflected in it, MSNnow.com reported, adding that the final straw was when one of the owners woke up "covered in deep red scratches."
The two recently decided to get rid of the bad luck mirror by auctioning it off on eBay, but making sure to fully disclose its paranormal properties.
It's a good thing there was no profit motive reflected in the eBay posting, but there was only one bid for the item and it was for the original price posted by the two men.
The buyer's name has not been released.
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This time of year, there are lots of haunted attractions where people pay good money to get the wits scared out of them by actors. But some of these haunted attractions may have some real-life spooks that are working free of charge.
The Dent Schoolhouse is a haunted attraction built on the premises of an old schoolhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio, that was supposedly the site of a mass murder.
The school opened up in 1894 and, legend has it, got shut down in the 1950s after it was discovered that a janitor named Charlie McFree killed a bunch of kids and put the bodies in the basement, according to owner Bud Stross.
Although Stross' employees have reported spooky encounters, he admits he was skeptical until two weeks ago when he had his own encounter with an apparition. "It was around three or four in the morning when I caught something in my eye, a lady in a black mask," he said. "It was my first ghost. We jetted out pretty quick."
The Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pa., is built on the site of a former mental institution that between 1908 and 1986, housed as many as 25,000 mentally disabled people.
Owner Randy Bates sometimes sees strange flickers of light and says employees report having very creepy encounters, such as the man who had an experience that was so shocking that he ran out of a building so fast, he almost tore the hinges off. "He stayed away for three days," Bates said. "He came back, but won't talk about what he saw."
Some haunted places that charge admission don't feel the need to advertise the possibility of real spooks, such as the Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas, which owner Todd James says the attraction is built on the site of an old meat packing plant in an area of town once known as "Hell's Half-Acre."
Before James built a haunted house, he says there were lots of gunfights on the site. Although James hasn't seen any ghosts, a few of his staffers have run into a gangly ghost they have named "G.G." "It's very creepy," he said. "We have an artist that won't work in that section."
Despite this alleged haunted activity, James says he "can't confirm nor deny" the existence of ghosts and has never relied on the supposed real spooks to attract customers.