A New Zealand earthquake victim whose home was destroyed by a huge boulder has auctioned off the uninvited rock to raise more than $60,000 for the Christchurch relief fund.
The boulder, which came crashing through a Christchurch garage and came to rest in the living room after the magnitude 6.3 earthquake, has been sold off for more than $10,000 on the auction site Trade Me and received an additional $50,000 in supportive donations.
“Rocky,” the infamous boulder, was listed by Phil Johnson to raise money for those hurt by the quake. The listing has received more than 316,000 public views and hundreds of comments.
Johnson has been praised for making light of such an unfortunate situation.
“It has ended up being a little sliver of black humour in the middle of the sadness of after the earthquake and it’s awesome that $60,000 has been raised,” Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford told NBR.
In droll Kiwi humour, Johnson listed the boulder as “Landscape Rock For Sale” adding in the description that the rock is “suitable for garden feature, or as in our case a magnificent addition to your living area.”
The auction closed today with the winning bid of $10,050 from a user from Franklin.
The auction winner will get a photo with “Rocky” once cordons around the house are lifted and a 7 night stay at the Rocky Point Lodge on stunning Norfolk Island for four people valued at over $4,000.00. All proceeds will go to the Christchurch Earthquake Relief Fund.
“Luckily there was no one home… else I probably would not be seeing the funny side of this… thanks for your support,” Johnson wrote on the website’s message board. “If you don’t laugh, you cry.”