Thursday 17 August 2017

Earthquake boulder sold at auction

A car lies damaged in Christchurch following the devastating New Zealand earthquake (AP)
A car lies damaged in Christchurch following the devastating New Zealand earthquake (AP)

A New Zealand homeowner whose house was smashed by a car-sized boulder in an earthquake that devastated the country's second-largest city last month has sold the rock in an online auction for more than 60,000 New Zealand dollars (£27,393).

Christchurch resident Phil Johnson said the 30-ton boulder he dubbed "Rocky" tumbled down from a hill above his home, crunched through the garage roof and came to rest in his hallway.

The winning bid of 50,000 NZ dollars was posted by a ski field promotion company, NZSki, but the next-highest bidder agreed to throw in 10,050 NZ dollars in exchange for a resort holiday organised by NZSki.

Trade Me auction spokesman Paul Ford said proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal.

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