The remains of the monolith that appeared mysteriously on a beach on the Isle of Wight has been listed on eBay.
The remains of the eight-foot silver pillar is currently drawing bids of over £50,000.
It appeared at the base of a cliff on Compton Beach on December 6 – gripping the internet as part of a series of strange monoliths appearing at random places.
The mirrored column was put there by creator Tom Dunford, but was only erect for a few days before it vanished and reappeared on the auction site.
It reached £730 within a few days before rocketing to £6,200. However, bids have now jumped to £50,800.
Tom said: ‘It could have been used to raise some money for charity in an auction – that would have been the right thing to do.’
Residents were baffled when it initially appeared in the sand seemingly out of nowhere.
Ami Blackburn, 31, went to investigate and take her own photos with her son and boyfriend after seeing pictures on social media.
Miss Blackburn, who is a healthcare assistant from Newport, Isle of Wight, said: ‘I thought I was very bizarre when I first saw it and immediately researched the ones found in Utah, California and Romania.
‘We moved some of the sand from around the bottom and it’s partly buried but we felt underneath and it was made of wood with mirrors stuck to the side.
‘I’d love the idea of it being delivered by aliens but it’s more than likely an unusual art project. But can 2020 get any weirder?’
All this monolith madness was started when a shiny pillar was first spotted on November 18 by Utah Department of Public Safety workers surveying bighorn sheep by helicopter.
Swaths of curious tourists and explorers flocked to the structure and posed for photos with the enigma, with rumours circulating it could be a message from alien life because of the similarity to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
It was followed by a second monolith appearing in Romania and then a third in California. Since then they’ve been popping up all over America, Europe and South America.