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No legit bids offered on Ortiz's Mercedes-Benz

BOSTON -- Apparently no one wants a red luxury automobile
owned by a World Series champion.

The eBay auction for Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz's 2005
Mercedes Benz SL-Class SL65 AMG ended on Thursday without any
apparent legitimate bids on the seven-day listing. There were 18
bids, including a high of $525,000, but they were all either ruled
out or retracted.

EBay spokeswoman Kim Rubey said it is up to the seller to screen
bids, but "eBay rules prohibit bids that are not legitimate and we
will certainly take action against anyone who submitted a bogus
bid."

Ortiz's listing called the car a "head turner," and said he
bought the 12-cylinder, 604 horsepower vehicle for about $205,000
as a present to himself after the Red Sox won the 2004 World
Series. He added about $35,000 in accessories.

"This car has been pampered for its short life, taking Big Papi
back and forth to Fenway Park," the listing said. "The car has a
little over 4,000 miles on it and has been always dealer serviced
and is in immaculate, showroom condition."