A rubber depiction, meant to be worn as a mask, of alleged mass murderer James Holmes, surfaced last week on eBay, at auction for a starting price of $500.
ABC News reports the listing was taken down by mid-Friday, not without causing a fair amount of controversy until then.
50 other suffered minor injuries after the alleged gunman, 25-year-old James Eagan Holmes, opened fire in the small cinema place that seated 70. James Holmes´s fate is yet to be decided, as defense attorneys proclaimed the young man was mentally ill, hence unaware of the gravity of his actions.
The rubber depiction of Holmes offers a decent portrayal of the famed villain, recognizable by his bright orange red hair.
The seller played on the mask´s shock value, in an attempt to increase bidding.
”There is nothing more scary than crawling into James Holmes' mind and wearing his face. His ‘soul penetrating eyes’ and ‘The Joker’ orange hair makes this mask the most disturbing object you will ever own. Imagine owning the mask of supposedly the most dangerous mass murderer in US history,” the posting read.
Although no bids were made on the item, the mask was removed by eBay.
”The listing was removed because it did not comply with our Offensive Materials policy. Out of respect for victims of violent crimes, eBay does not allow listings that attempt to profit from human tragedy or suffering,” eBay reps stated.
User realface13, responsible for trying to sell the mask, also advertised an upcoming documentary, set to be made public in 2013, about the life of James Holmes.
Via: Man Auctions Off James Holmes Rubber Halloween Mask on eBay