GoldenPalace.com Buys Metal Christ Image - Sunday 12th of March 2006

MANCHESTER, Connecticut – Is a piece of sheet metal worth$1500? It is to GoldenPalace.com, especially when it bears the image ofChrist and the Virgin Mary.

Hardy's Hardware employee Thomas Haley was unloading supplies when he hadto do a double-take at a particular piece of sheet metal because he saw a facestaring back at him.

Haley was shocked at what appeared to be the image of Christ and, when thesheet is turned upside-down, the image of the nativity scene complete with theVirgin Mary as well. Haley and his friend Jonathan Jackson showed the sheetto some friends who agreed there was a face visible, although some saw JimMorrison instead.

"I mean, it hasn't done anything miraculous as of yet, but seeing it iskind of groovy," said Haley, 23. "Just seeing it brightens people's day."

Haley decided to sell it on eBay, where it received over 120,000 pagevisits, and was eventually bought by GoldenPalace.com for $1500.

GoldenPalace.com has created an entire marketing campaign around buyingunusual eBay items, several with religious overtones. Items like the VirginMary Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Holy Pierogi, and Divine Pretzel have becomebona-fide pieces of American pop-culture.

"There is no doubt that an image of a face appears in this item," saidGoldenPalace.com CEO Richard Rowe. "Whether it's Jesus, Jim Morrison, oranyone else is in the eye of the beholder. This item has definitely sparkedinterest and debate however. It will make a great addition to the collectionof religious items we will be taking on tour later this year. People will seeand decide for themselves."

Setting the standard in marketing creativity, GoldenPalace.com has devisedsome of the most exciting and outrageous advertising campaigns in the past fewyears. Recently, items such as the Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sandwich,Britney Spears' Pregnancy Test, and Pope Benedict XVI's previously-owned VWGolf have garnered extensive worldwide media attention for the casino.

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