Sunday, December 30, 2007

eBay sellers leap to cash in on Benazir Bhutto assassination

by Matthew Lysiak

The assassination of Benazir Bhutto has become big business in cyberspace.

Within moments of her death, dealers were cashing in on the tragedy by hawking memorabilia of the slain leader.

"This is a rare and unique item from a true martyr for democracy and human rights," posted eBay seller Historybuffalo, who listed a $650 Bhutto autograph on the auction site within moments of her murder.

A signed 4-by-6-inch photograph of a smiling Bhutto sitting in a leather chair has attracted bids up to $305.

The prices for the Bhutto memorabilia surpassed some mementos of John F. Kennedy. His signature on an index card was selling for $150 yesterday.

In addition to autographs and photos, refrigerator magnets, bumper stickers, and even the Dec. 28 issue of the Daily News were up for grabs.

"It's the nature of the event, combined with The News photo and headline that give that issue great value," said memorabilia collector Rick Cipolla, 54, who swooped up six copies of the paper to resell.

"I expect to get about $10 for the Daily News issue."

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