Charlie Hebdo sells out, already on eBay for $117K

A newstand notifies that the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo is sold out
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A newstand notifies that the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo is sold out

Copies of the latest issue of controversial Charlie Hebdo magazine depicting the Muslim Prophet Muhammed on the cover are selling for as much as 100,000 euros ($117,839) on eBay after the initial 3 million print run sold out within minutes.

Pictures from across France showed long lines of customers waiting to get their hands on a copy of the "survivors' edition" – the first issue of the magazine published since the fatal Paris attacks by Islamist gunmen.

One of the two 100,000 euro eBay listings has been taken down but one remains with 20 people watching the item. The post is on eBay's French website as people look to take advantage of the high demand.

On Wednesday morning, Charlie Hebdo announced that it would increase its print run further to 5 million copies. The issue originally had a print run of 3 million compared to the usual 60,000 with a cover price of 3 euros.

The latest edition has a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammed on the front cover holding a placard saying "je suis Charlie" – a phrase that suggested unity with following the massacre in which 17 people were killed. The headline read: "Tout est pardonné" (All is forgiven).

Long lines of people queue for the latest Charlie Hebdo edition
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Long lines of people queue for the latest Charlie Hebdo edition

On January 7, extremist gunmen attacked the offices of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 journalists. The saga ended in a siege at a kosher supermarket and a printworks on the outskirts of Paris. Foreign leaders joined a 3.7 million-strong march on Sunday to honor the victims and to show unity against terrorism.

Other price points for the Charlie Hebdo edition on eBay includes 50,000 euros, 30,000 euros and 20,000 euros.

On the U.K. version of eBay, the most expensive copy is going for £1,301 and has 48 bids, while on the U.S. site, one seller is listing the item for $14,672.48.

Digital versions of the magazine will be available in English, Spanish and Arabic and print editions and Turkish and Italian will also be sold.

'Act of war'

The copy has been defended by many including the U.S. but has angered several extremist Muslim groups.

A top al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader claimed responsibility for the attacks and issued a warning about further "insults".

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"We tell you once again: Stop your insults on our Prophet and sanctities," Nasr al-Ansi said in an 11-minute video post.

In London, radical preacher Anjem Choudary described the magazine as "an act of war".

A religious body known as the Union of Islamic Organizations of France (UIOF) however has rejected the extreme ideas and urged calm among French Muslims.

"I urge the Muslim community in France to remain calm and avoid emotional or incongruous reactions incompatible with its dignity and discretion, while respecting freedom of opinion," Dalil Boubaker from the UIOF said in a statement.