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Conn. man buys 3 snowballs for $200 on eBay

1/10/2007

LOVELAND, Colo. — Three snowballs from Loveland have sold
on the eBay Internet auction site for $200.

Chris Hansen, a firefighter from Milford, Conn., said he bought
the snow for his daughters, ages 12, 14, and 16.

With the East experiencing unseasonably warm weather, Hansen
said his daughters got everything they wanted for Christmas except
snow.

Hansen went online and found the listing by Mary Walker of
Loveland, who auctioned off snow from two monster storms that
dumped more than 4 feet along the Front Range.

Hansen said he plans to freeze the snowballs until his family
decides what to do with them.

Walker, who said her listing was meant as a joke, initially
refused to accept Hansen's money, but he insisted. Hansen was a
winner among 100 people following three days of bidding.

Now Walker is trying to figure out how to ship the snowballs
2,000 miles to Connecticut, without melting.

Walker said the money will help buy a snowblower.