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Harambe-shaped Cheeto sold for almost $100,000

Harambe-shaped Cheeto sells on eBay for $100K
Harambe-shaped Cheeto sells on eBay for $100K

A Cheetos corn snack resembling Harambe the Gorilla just sold on eBay for $99,900.

The listing attracted 132 bids before closing at 3:45 a.m. on Feb. 7. The item was sold from Burbank, California, and even came with free standard shipping, according to the eBay listing.

The seller, "valuestampsinc," listed the item as "Gorilla Hot Cheetos – RARE – One of a Kind Cheetos – Harambe Gorilla," juxtaposing it with a side photo of the gorilla.

In a phone call, eBay confirmed to CNBC the item was valid and available for purchase, but has not yet returned a request for comment on the specific listing. Wired noted in 2015 that trolls tend to inflate the bids on "rare" and collectible items, making large offers that inevitably fall through. Oftentimes, the only consequence for not fulfilling a bid is a strike against the seller's account.

Seeing resemblances in food is not a new phenomenon. In 2014, the BBC explained why people see faces in everything from food to cars, and how it may have developed because of our dependence on socialization.

Harambe the Gorilla was a 400-pound silverback fatally shot by a zookeeper after a human child entered his enclosure. His shooting went viral on the internet, creating several memes and attracting worldwide attention. Harambe was housed in the Cincinnati Zoo.

An 8.3-ounce bag of Cheetos Crunchy Flamin' Hot retails for $2.50 at Target.

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