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Potato-shaped potato sells for $.79 on eBay

BURBANK – A potato that bears an uncanny resemblance to a potato sold at auction this week for 79 cents, before auction fees and shipping charges.

“To look at it, you wouldn’t know it from a potato,” said winning bidder Jane Valvonne. She secured the unusual tuber with a last-minute bid that beat out her next closest competitor, at 74 cents.

“I was biting my nails right up to the end, but things just turned out my way, I guess.”

The curious potato shape assumed by the potato reminded Valvonne of the recent excitement over a heart-shaped potato presented to President Barack Obama on Late Night with David Letterman on Monday, September 21, 2009.

The previous week brought news of a carrot shaped like a hand, which was eaten.

Potato farmer Roy Massey claims he didn’t do anything unusual while growing the potato. “It’s pretty much grown the same way you’d grow any potato you find in the grocery store,” said Massey. “You could still eat it, but I guess this one’s just kind of special.”

Valvonne has not yet made any plans to display or resell the potato, but she reveals that she is in talks with a company that may help her preserve it and its perfect potato-like shape. Her publicist dispelled rumors that she was negotiating with a major snack manufacturer to make the rare find into potato-chip-shaped chips.


  1. Colin Colin September 25, 2009

    Looks like a 'tater to me 🙂

  2. Argyle Yamster Argyle Yamster January 8, 2010

    I'm searching for a nice sweet potato. Are there any good ones for sale?

  3. Public Service Message Public Service Message January 8, 2010

    Ebay warning: Do not accept any offers from sellers claiming to be selling “the world's biggest sweet potato”. Buyers in Ukraine have been duped by this scam.

  4. J. Jackson Sharpe J. Jackson Sharpe January 8, 2010

    Those white tubers have been dominating America for decades. We need to adopt a non-white vegetable for the sake of diversity.

  5. Anti Gluten League Anti Gluten League January 8, 2010

    Or, a plantain. Nobody gives any respect to the lowly plantain. Too “Banana Republic” for ya?

  6. God Of Bacon God Of Bacon January 8, 2010

    I'm looking for a banana that's shaped like the state of California. Can you help?

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