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Here's Why One Cheeto Just Sold For $100,000 (Photo)

| by Sean Kelly

A Cheeto that looks like slain gorilla Harambe just sold on eBay for $100,000.

The sale came after a huge bidding war that saw 132 bids in total for the rare Cheeto. The starting price was $11.99 and it quickly went up over the course of a week.

"'I opened up a bag of flamin' hot Cheetos and as soon as I looked inside I came across this unique Cheetos that looks like Harambe the gorilla," the description of the snack read. 

"This item is one of a kind. It measures up to about one-and-a-half inches in length. This item up for bid is only for this unique [Cheeto], bag not included."

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In a statement to the Daily Mail, eBay confirmed that the sale was valid and would move forward.

"Where we believe there is unhelpful bidding activity we will take an active role in monitoring the sale for the seller," the statement read.

The bizarre story quickly went viral, with many expressing their shock and disgust at the fact that a single Cheeto that vaguely resembled the deceased gorilla sold for so much money. 

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"Cheeto 'shaped like Harambe the dead gorillas is sold for $100,000? These people don’t care what happened to that poor creature," one Daily Mail reader commented on the site's Facebook page.

"They are only milking the hype surrounding his death."

"Can people get more stupid? Is it even possible anymore? And then we get this," another added.

Harambe's death was a massive story worldwide due to the circumstances surrounding it. A little boy fell into the gorilla pit at a zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio, and interacted with the legendary gorilla for some time before zoo officials made the decision to kill it and save the boy's life. 

The death was met with outrage from gorilla lovers who felt that killing the animal was unnecessary. 

"Even under the 'best' circumstances, captivity is never acceptable for gorillas or other primates, and in cases like this, it's even deadly," PETA said in a statement to NBC News at the time. "This tragedy is exactly why PETA urges families to stay away from any facility that displays animals as sideshows for humans to gawk at."

Harambe's death became the butt of jokes and memes following his death, mostly in response to the outrage over the killing.

Sources: Daily Mail, Daily Mail/Facebook, NBC News / Photo credit: Mike Mozart/Flickr, eBay via Daily Mail

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