Drew Peterson’s motorcycle pulled from eBay…again

UPDATE MAY 17: WBBM reports that the second eBay auction was pulled due to complaints, just as the first one was. Also, Joel Brodsky says that the bike has now been sold  privately for a “good price”.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Maybe Drew Peterson’s Harley-Davidson warrants a higher-than-normal asking price after all. It seems to be magical — at least it does a good disappearing act. With only three hours left until the end of the auction, and a single bid in the amount of $37,500 for “Drew Peterson’s HD Springer Softail”, the auction page was again replaced with a message reading, “This listing has been removed, or this item is not available.”

The bike was first listed last week with an opening bid price of $50,000. After receiving one bid in that amount the auction was ended when eBay cited a policy against “murderabilia“. Joel Brodsky appealed the decision, stating that his client was not a convicted murderer, only an accused one and after all, “we’re still in America, where you’re innocent until proven guilty

The motorcycle was soon relisted but within a day the opening bid price was lowered to $37,500 and by yesterday afternoon there was one bid for that amount. Yesterday evening the reserve price on the item was lowered and a second bid quickly followed for $37,600 but was soon retracted; the reason being given that the bidder had entered the wrong amount. That’s where the bidding stopped, until about 7:00 AM this morning when the auction was prematurely ended.

At this point, eBay’s official reason is unknown. Undoubtedly, people have continued to complain about the nature of the auction, since Peterson was so blatantly attempting to profit from his notoriety with no regard for the families of his missing and dead wives. The item photo that showed Drew astride the bike, the title of the auction including his name, and the opportunity to have a Peterson-autographed decal affixed to the bike attempted to justify the highly inflated asking price (the “Buy it now” price was $50,100).

EBay’s offensive material policy states:

Out of respect for the families of victims, we don’t allow the sale of items closely associated with notorious murderers within the last 100 years.
We’ll remove your listing and suspend your account if you’ve been convicted of a violent felony and are attempting to use eBay (directly or through another person) to benefit financially from your criminal notoriety.

Although their murderabilia policy mentions conviction, eBay has previously removed listings that attempted to raise money for a person who was not convicted, but only accused at the time of the listing.

It has also been noted that the listing offered additional accessories to be sold as a package, to the winner of the auction. This is against eBay’s policy and is considered an attempt to circumvent their fees.

The thing that’s clear to me is that if eBay doesn’t want your business they can find a way to make a listing disappear. Abracadabra!

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Drew Peterson and attorney auction their bikes on eBay

Drew Peterson has got a court date on Thursday. It’s his legal team’s last stab at getting him access to the $220,000 line of credit on his home equity — a complaint that has already been dismissed once. Peterson claims he needs that money for legal fees and trial expenses but odds are that the case will be dismissed again.

So what’s a psuedo-celebrity murder defendant to do when he needs cash and needs it quick? Auction off the Harley on eBay! If you are in the market for a 2007 Harley-Davidson Softail, bidding starts at $50,000. Blue book value would normally be $11,000-$18,000 but  this is Drew Peterson’s bike! The item photo even shows him astride it so you know you’re getting not just any motorcycle, but a bike just oozing with high-profile murder defendant-y goodness.

The item description reads in part, “This is the actual bike owned by Drew Peterson and is now being sold in “as is” condition. Accessories to the bike may be available and will be offered as a package deal to the buyer. Signatures on available accessories possible. This motorcycle is 100% authentic and is being stored in the Chicago area. Serious inquiries only.”

Joel Brodsky’s bike for sale as well
How about if you’re Drew Peterson’s lawyer and not only has your riding-pal been side-lined for the last year, but the gravy train of media exposure dried up with your client’s incarceration? Not to fret. There’s an auction for you too, Joel Brodsky! The starting bid for Brodsky’s bike is a much more realistic $8,500.

So if you have a hankering to wrap your face in a star-spangled bandana and skulk around your neighborhood on Drew Peterson’s bike, here’s your chance. Hurry though, bidding ends on May 13th.

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