NFC Championship Game hot dog sells for $1,800

ARLINGTON, Wash. -- A $5 hot dog from the Seattle Seahawks' NFC championship victory over the Carolina Panthers has brought $1,800 in an online auction on eBay.

The winning bid from Golden Palace.com, an online casino known for buying oddball artifacts, was posted a scant four seconds before the deadline of 6:30 p.m. PST Thursday set by Josh Minnick, 27, Stacey Houtary, also 27, and her boyfriend, Matt Allison, 25.

In 10 days, their eBay site got more than 350,000 hits. At one point the bidding exceeded $10,000 but bidders began backing out
and with less than a minute to go the top offer was $1,525.

Golden Palace had asked to be included in an approved bidders
list but posted an offer only at the end, The Herald of Everett
reported Friday.

As the three friends celebrated with champagne, they got a
telephone call from Golden Palace spokesman Jeff Kay.

"I can't wait to get your hot dog. We're a little hungry," Kay

He said the online casino, based on Antigua and licensed in
Kahnawake, Quebec, plans to include the hot dog in a traveling
display of acquisitions that include a grilled cheese sandwich said
to bear the image of the Virgin Mary, a kidney stone from actor
William Shatner and Pope Benedict XVI's old Volkswagen.

Minnick, Houtary and Allison said 15 percent of the proceeds,
$270, would go to the Grant Wistrom Foundation for youngsters with
cancer and their families, leaving them with $510 each.

"That's not a bad take on $5," Houtary said.