A woman sold apple pie on eBay for $65,000, claiming her apple pie bore the image of Jesus Christ.
Rachel Smith, from Farmington in Utah, claims she had just finished cooking pies for her family, when she was shocked to discover a pattern resembling the face of Jesus Christ on one of the pastries.
Photos posted on auction website eBay shows a clear image of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, emblazoned on the pie.
Her miraculous dessert has attracted a lot of attention, and the woman says she now wants to share it with the rest of the world.
“This pie is purely a blessing from God,” Ms. Smith told local reporters. “You know what the Bible says? “The Lord works in mysterious ways”. I never expected God to manifest himself in my pastries, but you know… He is everywhere! I would like all people to be able to enjoy the loving presence of Jesus Christ, just like I have.”
Many people have denounced the pie as a “fake”, stating that the image is too well-defined.
Over the last few years, sellers eager to make a quick money, have auctioned off “miraculous” images of religious figures like Jesus and the Virgin Mary embedded in everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to a fish stick.
An online casino site “GoldenPalace”, won the bid for the pie. They had also purchased a grilled-cheese portrait of the Virgin Mary for $28,000 on eBay, in 2004.
In a statement, the CEO of the casino site, Richard Rowe said he planned to use the dessert to raise money for charity.
He also said that he was not concerned by the allegations concerning the authenticity of the pie, saying he trusted Ms. Smith and that it was bought as a “novelty item, not a religious symbol”.
The “miraculous” pie will be put on display in casino’s collection next week.