Another round of news reports locally have reminded me to post the listing here for you. As I type this, current bid is over $38K (cgi.ebay.com)
The dude has already started on plans for his next generation motorized La-Z-Boy, presumably to be completed after his alcohol treatment program...
Also, $38K? The news reports said the value of the raw materials needed to roll your own recliner was MAYBE a grand at best. So....you know. The recession hasn't hit EVERY American just yet. 44 have bid real money on this (so far). I shouldn't assume they're all Americans but really I only trust Americans to make these kinds of purchases. ;-)
After topping the $43K mark, eBay had to pull the auction when La-Z-Boy complained that the Proctor police were using its brand name when the chair was, in fact, NOT a La-Z-Boy. (This says a lot about corporate America, I think.)
It has since been relisted (cgi.ebay.com) but the top bid is now a mere $6,600.
In other news, the DWI dude is selling autographed pictures of himself in the chair on eBay to raise the money to pay his DWI fines. He got $710 for this one (eBay) but is now selling them in bulk at $30 a pop (eBay). Strike before the clock strikes 15 minutes, I suppose.
Like a lot of people, I got through 48 in about 4 minutes, then had trouble figuring out what two I'd missed (Wisconsin and Maine, as it turns out). Finally got the last one with 3:12 left. Oliver, the District of Columbia is not a state.