I’ll fully admit I’ve tried to flog some really dubious items on eBay in my time. Whether it was “BACK ISSUE OF NEWSWEEK (FEATURES HANDSOME, GRAYING POLITICIAN ON COVER)” or my most recent attempt at raising money for charity, I’ve got a bit of experience when it comes to selling the sort of items no retailer (save for Reggie Perrin) would touch.

All of that said, I’ve never had the unmitigated gall to hold an auction for a ceramic football designed by Steve Mariucci.