Ill.-shaped flake to join traveling show
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
[FONT=Arial,Helvetica]This March 2008 photo provided by Melissa McIntire shows a corn flake next to a dime. Two sisters from Virginia sold their Illinois-shaped corn flake on eBay Friday night March 21, 2008 for $1,350. Melissa McIntire, 23, and her sister Emily, 15, listed the corn flake on eBay last week, but eBay canceled the auction saying it violated the Web site's food policy. The sisters restarted their Ebay auction, advertising a coupon redeemable for their corn flake, instead of the cereal itself. (AP Photo/Donald McIntire, HO)
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- A corn flake shaped like the state of Illinois will join Jack Ruby's hat and Marilyn Monroe's datebook in a traveling exhibit.
An Internet trivia site submitted a winning bid of $1,350 for the famous flake, found by two sisters and put up for auction. The owner collects Americana items to put in a planned traveling museum.
"That's the most perfectly Illinois-shaped corn flake I've ever seen," said Jon Wolf as he accepted the flake, swaddled in a cotton-lined jewelry box.
The curator of TriviaMania.com flew from Austin, Texas, to take possession Tuesday of the flake at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Williamsburg.
The flake will join a collection that includes Ruby's hat, worn the day he shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President Kennedy; Ron Howard's letter jacket from "Happy Days"; and Monroe's datebook from the year she died.
"I've got a guy who does museum-quality mounting," Wolf said of the flake's future home.
Emily McIntire, 15, found the flake in a box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. Inspired, she and her sister, Melissa McIntire, 23, of Chesapeake, Va., offered it for sale as "The Great Illinois Corn Flake."