The success of the 2012 Olympics in London has resulted in some new additions to the list of strange items that have made their way to new owners via eBay delivery services, with opportunistic vendors attempting to sell some of the Games' 'atmosphere' online.
Sellers listed bottles supposedly containing air captured at Olympic venues, aimed at people who wanted to experience the excitement of the events but were not able to make it in person, Reuters reported.
In one listing, vendor Mictoria said: "So you weren't one of the lucky ones, unable to travel to London for whatever reason and soak up the exhilarating atmosphere.
"Well maybe a little bit of that ambiance can come to you."
The item attracted interest from a few potential buyers, with bids of more than £10 being placed.
Other sellers failed to win any bids for bottles claiming to contain Olympic air, one of which had a starting price of £49.99 and a 'buy it now' cost of £99.99.
Also among the unusual items appearing on eBay during the Games was a crumpled tissue that, according to vendor captainjay1701, was used to wipe a seat at the opening ceremony.
The listing said the tissue had "molecules of the Olympic atmosphere attached to it" and would be sealed in a plastic wallet for preservation.
Online shoppers and regular users of eBay courier services will also find some more conventional items related to the London Olympics on the auction website, including gold pin badges, Team GB running shirts, fridge magnets, canvas bags and a soft toy version of Wenlock, one of the Games' mascots.
The 2012 Olympics was considered a huge success for Great Britain in sporting terms, with athletes such as Jessica Ennis, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford thanking fans for helping them to win their gold medals by creating an electric atmosphere in the stadium.
Author: Adrian Medland