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Description of First Class Relics for Sale on eBay as of March 16, 2007

All of these listings were reported through proper channels

Legend:   

ê= Listing removed by eBay    N = Listing not removed, relic sold    D= Listing not removed, no sale   

Newly Listed on March 19, 2007***On March 22, 2007 we had a telephone conversation with a member of eBay's Trust and Safety team. He expressed his personal dismay over the sales below and said he would discuss it with those in charge of "policing" this area of sales. He gave us a special email address to register our concerns. We did. eBay responded with a form email. It said that they take these concerns very seriously. Not seriously enough to remove these listings.

Of 63 listings of clearly identifiable First Class Relics eBay removed only 13 auctions. Of the 63 only 6 ended with no sale. Forty four were concluded with a profit for the relic sellers and a profit for eBay.

N 290095819318 Baroque Reliquary with 31 Relics of the Saints. Buyers states that it contains no human remains, but what is this? Sold for $710

N  290095857750 Collection of 37 relics which are clearly bone. Sold for $499

N 150103531933 - Ex Ossibus relic Saint John of God. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $100

N  160097575098 - Saint Paul of the Cross clearly marked Ex Ossibus. Sold for $41

N   160097574753 - Saint Rita Armada de Jesus clearly marked Ex Ossibus. Sold for $66

N  160097574316 - Saint Stephen Bellisini clearly marked Ex Ossibus. Sold for $51

N 160097215765 - Saint Anthony of Egypt clearly marked Ex Ossibus. Sold for $215.06

N  160097213650 - Saint Fausti clearly marked Ex Ossibus. Beheaded in 250 AD, you can now buy a bit of this martyr's bone. Sold for $20.50

N 160097212751 - Saint Leonard of Noblac clearly marked Ex Ossibus. Sold for $46.01

N 160097214891 - Saint Isidore of Seville - our patron -  clearly marked Ex Ossibus. Sold for $50.99

N   250095533655 - Relic of Saint Phillip with document reading Ex Ossibus. Sold for $610

N  250095531523 - Relic of Saint Andrew with document denoting Ex Ossibus. Sold for $511

N  250095525558 - Relic of Saint Jacob with document denoting Ex Ossibus. Sold for $227.50

N 250095521690 - Relic of Saint John Vianney with document denoting Ex Carne - from the flesh. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $205.50

N  250095513933 - Relic of Saint Elizabeth with document denoting Ex Ossibus. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $305

N 160096936111 - Relic of Saint Romulus clearly marked Ex Ossibus. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $290

N  160096933586 - Relic of Saint Hugolines clearly marked Ex Ossibus. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $26

ê  200089838283 - Relics of Martyrs which are clearly bones. Listing removed by eBay

ê   160096494931 - Large collection of relics many of which are clearly bones. Listing removed by eBay.

Auctions Running on March 16 and ReportedDD180097179737  and 180095213936 - Beautiful Busts of Saint Francis with thecas that buyer claims contains hair, but it is clearly a bone. Odd that there are two of these.  eBay did not remove either of these listings. Auctions ended with no bids.

N110103978131 - Theca with bone of St. Anthony of Padua which seller suggests can be worn as a locket. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $132.50

N110103976659 - Theca with bone of Saint Thomas Aquinas which seller suggests can be worn as a locket. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $204.01

N220092872914 - Theca with bone of St. Maria Goretti. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $101

D160096518153 - Theca containing bone of Saint Rosalia. Ad is mostly in Tagalog and says that seller knows it is against eBay policy. eBay did not remove this listing. Auction ended with no bids.

D160096511808 - Theca with bone of Saint Lucy by the same seller. eBay did not remove this listing. Auction ended with no bids.

N150102347389 - Theca with multiple first class relics.  eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $260

N250094717343 - Theca with first class relic of S. Lud. Regis. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $61

N250094712727 - Theca with first class relic of S. Rochi. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $49.99

N  110102883301 - Reliquary image with bone of Saint Cloud. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $102.52

ê   200088733139 - Theca with bone of Saint Roch  This listing was ended by eBay

ê200088733061 - Theca with bone of Saint Jane of Chantal This listing was ended by eBay.

D150102155930 - Bishop's Cross with First Class Relics. eBay did not end this listing. No Sale.

ê250094709681 - Theca with First Class Relic of St. Pius X  This listing ended by eBay

N 150102146746 - Theca with First Class Relic of St. Teresa of Avila  The bone of this Doctor of the Church was sold for $100

N 150102144600 - Theca St. Francis clearly reads Ex Ossibus  The bone of this great stigmatic Saint was sold for $52

N 150102144137 - Theca Ex. Ossibus Saint Clement Hof. Sold for $66

D320092799666 - Cross with several relics. Last one is clearly a piece of bone. Ebay did not remove this listing. No sale.

N260097096505 - Theca with relic of S. Ubaldi Ep. Eugubini clearly marked Ex. Ossibus. eBay did not end this listing. Sold for $99.99

ê  200089084572 - Ex Ossibus Relics of multiple Saints. Listing removed by eBay

ê 200089844410 - Relic of Saint Ranieri which is clearly a bone. Listing removed by eBay

N260097096467 - Theca with relic of S. Pacifici a S. Severino clearly marked Ex Ossibus eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $99N260097096396 - Theca with Ex Ossibus relic of St. Henrici di Osso. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $127.50

N260097096157 - Theca with large bone of St. Luciae a Caltagirone. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $202.50.

N 130089099629 - Theca and Document Ex Ossibus St. Jean Marie Vianney Sold for $168.50

N 150101350908 - Theca with bone of Saint Simon Stock - Sold for $305

ê200088733117 - Theca with three bone relics - Listing Removed by eBay

ê200088733014 - Theca with bone of Saint Theophilus - Listing Removed by eBay

N220092340794 - Theca with bone of St. Papinianus, African Bishop, Martyr. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $61

N 150101695476 - Theca with Ex. Ossibus relic of Saint John of God - Sold for $102.50

D140096271152 - Theca with relics clearly marked ex. oss. - eBay did not remove this item, but at a bid of  $147.50 the reserve price was not met

N  270099327872 - Theca with Relics of St. Anthony and St. Francis. Document is blurry but clearly indicates ex ossibus. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $255

N140096214240 - Theca with six relics clearly marked ex ossibus and the seller mentions ex oss. in listing Sold for $212.50

N270099323198 - Theca with clearly marked ex ossibus relic of St. Dominic Savio. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $110.50


N270099321034 - Theca with ex ossibus of St. Peter Julian Eyemard. Seller has cut off the portion of the theca with notation, but it is clear in the document.  eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $178.50

N260096625291 - Theca with ex ossibus relic of Saint Rochus  eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $257

N260096621161 - Theca with document noting ex ossibus of St. Alphonsus Liguori. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $183.50

N260096616946 - Theca with document noting ex ossibus St. Elizabeth of Hungary. eBay did not remove this listing. Sold for $102.50

N 150101453849 - Reliquary with large bone of Saint Valentine - Sold for $750

ê200088733087 - Theca with two relics, one of which is a bone of Saint Gerard - Listing removed by eBay

ê200088733006 - Theca with bone of Saint John Neumann - Listing removed by eBay

ê  200089920570 - Multi-Saint Reliquary containing bones. Listing removed by eBay

ê  200089475076 - Reliquary of bones of the Apostles. Listing removed by eBay

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Christine Hirschfeld

I never intended to run a Catholic antiquities and book business. Not in a million years. As a cradle Catholic, I grew up in a house that was filled with Catholic images and sacramentals not to mention an abundance of excellent books provided by family members who worked in publishing houses famous for their Catholic catalogues. The beautiful images and concepts presented in those books certainly had their effect in enhancing my identity as a Catholic. As the years passed, even in the midst of very un-Catholic settings, I became a repository for my friends’ Catholic “found objects.” Eventually, I had a family of my own. We’re a small family. There are just three of us. And two of us were born with the “junk collecting gene.” Garage sales attracted us like a magnet.

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