A Parson Drove man hoped to call time on a run of bad luck by putting a “cursed” Rolex watch up for sale on auction website eBay.
Colin Brice received an unprecedented number of bids for the watch, which is now benefitting charity.
In his eBay advert, he very truthfully reveals a catalogue of misfortune that befell him two months after buying the watch.
Colin wrote: “I must inform interested bidders that this watch may have broken a mirror by hitting it with a black cat.
“I am quite sure that it is cursed.
“Within two months of purchasing this pretty, but evil, instrument of horology, I had been involved in a head-on collision that left me with a shattered hip and pelvis, broken ankle, broken fiinger and a brain contusion – not to mention a 3-series BMW that measured only 2.5 series in length. After a week in hospital in which I was pinned back together and left with ‘Meccano’ holding my right leg on, I was released home and once again place the fated watch on my wrist.
“Within a week I was back in hospital with sepsis.
“ I stayed there for nearly two months, undergoing a further five operations and eating terrible food and watching terrible day-time TV, wishing I had bought a Seiko.”
He added: “I hope that its curse ends with me and it brings its next owner nothing but smiles, happiness and marshmallows....but YOU HAVE BEEN PROPERLY WARNED.”
The auction, now closed, raised money for Magpas Air Ambulance along with the Kidney Research UK.
Colin added: “I had originally suggested that rather than make fake bids, amused readers make a donation to the local air ambulance.
“I have received several messages from people who have done so, but given the coverage that the story has now achieved I thought I should do more. So, I have decided to split the profits between the MAGPAS Air Ambulance, as the air ambulance had been part of my story, and Kidney Research UK, as our daughter was born last July with chronic kidney disease.”
If you would like to support Kidney Research UK, go to: http://www.kidneyresearchuk.org