Flamin’ Hot Cheeto gets Nearly $100K on Ebay

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Someone has bid nearly $100,000 for a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto that resembles Harambe, the slain gorilla.

The seller found the cheesy crisp in a bag of crisps, according to its description. It was then listed online, with bidding beginning at $11.99.

But it quickly shot up before bidding ended on Tuesday morning, finishing at $99,900 after receiving 132 bids.

The buyer will receive just the crisp on its own, not any of the other Cheetos that came with it or the bag itself.

The listing showed the crisp next to the picture that it resembles, of Harambe climbing a tree. That image isn’t the most iconic one of the ape – who is usually pictured sitting on the floor – but has circulated since he became famous last year.

“I opened up a bag of Flamin Hot Cheetos and as soon as I looked inside I came across this unique Cheetos that looks like Harambe the gorilla,” the eBay listing read. “This item is one of a kind!

“It measures up to about 1 1/2 inches in length,” the post continued. “This item up for bid is only for this unique Cheetos, bag not included. This makes a great collectible for anyone who appreciates rare items!”

Harambe became the centre of internet outrage last year when handlers at the Cincinnati Zoo, where he lived, shot and killed him in May. That was after the gorilla dragged a small boy who fell into his enclosure, and staff claimed that the death was necessary for safety reasons.