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A ball used in the World Cup final has sold for $74,000

July 16, 2010 | 12:44 pm


One of the soccer balls used in the World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands was sold for $74,000 on eBay on Friday.

The balls used during the World Cup were critiqued for their unpredictability and were nicknamed "supermarket balls."

For the Cup final, however, those same balls were colored gold. Perhaps the spendthrift bidder erroneously thought the ball was made of real gold?

At least the proceeds will go toward Nelson Mandela's campaign to prevent HIV/AIDS.

-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Golden ball. Credit: Cameron Spencer / Getty Images.