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Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 June, 2004, 07:13 GMT 08:13 UK
Glastonbury mud for sale on eBay
By Ian Youngs
BBC News Online entertainment staff

Glastonbury mud from eBay
One seller says he scraped the mud from his hard-up son's boot
Mud from this year's Glastonbury music festival has been put up for auction on eBay by several entrepreneurial fans.

"Couldn't get a ticket? Had to watch it on TV or read about it?" one internet ad asks. "Well, here's a chance to own your own little piece of Glastonbury."

The seller says he scraped the mud from the boots of his son, who was in the front rows of the Pyramid Stage - but came home "smelling and stony broke".

Another seller, an artist, has framed a 4cm by 5cm chunk of mud.

Rain fell during some of the festival - but there were no constant downpours as seen in legendary "mudbath" years such as 1997 and 98.

Glastonbury fan in the mud
This year's festival experienced both heavy rain and sun
The first eBay seller says his son squeezed into the front two rows of the Pyramid Stage crowd to see Oasis, Sir Paul McCartney and Muse, who headlined the event, which finished on Sunday.

"Stored in a plastic bag (with the of piece of straw and grass for company), this should arrive nicely damp with the early Glastonbury dew still soaking into it," the ad says.

The seller suggests putting the mud in a "special place" in the garden, planting seeds in it or using it to fool friends that you went to the festival.

Bootleg

Meanwhile, a string of live bootleg CDs of this year's Glastonbury performances has already appeared on the internet auction site.

Oasis, Franz Ferdinand, Basement Jaxx and Orbital are among the bands affected.

An eBay spokesperson told BBC News Online: "In instances such as this it is a requirement of the rights owner (band, record company etc) to notify eBay of items that infringing their copyright.

"With over 25 million items for sale on the site at any one time eBay cannot of course vet every single item. However, once notified of an infringement of copyright... eBay will then remove all of the corresponding listings."


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