The ghosts, supposedly trapped inside two glass vials, were
put up for bidding by Avie Woodbury in Christchurch.
She said they were captured in her house during an exorcism, reports the
The spirits were trapped inside the vials with stoppers and then dipped in
holy water, which she says "dulls the spirits' energy".
She said they were the spirits of an old man who lived in the house during
the 1920s, and a powerful, disruptive little girl who turned up after a
Ouija board session.
Since an exorcism at the property last July led to their capture, there has
been no further spooky activity in the house, she said.
The auction attracted more than 214,000 page views and dozens of questions
before the winning bid, Trademe auction site spokesman Paul Ford said. The
name of the winning bidder was not released.
Woodbury said that once an "exorcist's fee" has been deducted, the proceeds
of the spirit sale will go to the animal welfare group the Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
The auction drew derision from some quarters, with one posting on the site
declaring: "I have two spirits in bottles at home.
"I think they are called Jim Beam and the other is Johnny Walker."