eBay jilts husband-seeking dot-commer

LONDON--Kay Hammond, the 24-year-old Internet entrepreneur who tried to auction herself off as a wife on eBay, has had her ad removed. An eBay representative told ZDNet UK that the "Buy an Entrepreneur Wife" item was taken down as soon as the company became aware of it, as it violated its "Safe Harbor" rules that dictate what can be auctioned on eBay.

LONDON--Kay Hammond, the 24-year-old Internet entrepreneur who tried to auction herself off as a wife on eBay, has had her ad removed.

An eBay representative told ZDNet UK that the "Buy an Entrepreneur Wife" item was taken down as soon as the company became aware of it, as it violated its "Safe Harbor" rules that dictate what can be auctioned on eBay. "In the past, we've had people trying to auction their souls or their virginity," she said. "These really aren't the kind of things that the company wants to be involved in--they're gimmicks really".

On a quiet news day, Ms Hammond's story was widely reported on news sites across the U.K. She had set her reserve price at £250,000, and was hoping to be snapped up by a suitably rich and healthy British U.K. resident 24-35 year old. --Graeme Wearden, ZDUK