'Crotch kick' big hit for bidders

By Teuila Fuatai

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A chance to land a "crotch kick" to a well-known Wanganui troublemaker was the most popular Wanganui auction on Trade Me last year.

Nic Miller, who describes himself as "full-time awesome" and also goes by the name of Mic Filler, put himself up for auction last year when he needed money for new socks.

"Instead of becoming a gay prostitute, I thought why not auction my crotch off in other ways," he told the Chronicle.

"I thought - why not give something back to the community that I've taken so much from."

The auction received more than 21,000 views, and was won with a bid of $56 by Mr Miller's friend Damon Baxter.

"I knew it would be either someone I know or someone who really hated me," Mr Miller said.

The "crotch kick" was also advertised with a free two-hour lunch at Mint Cafe with Mr Miller.

However, the pair were forced to enjoy their meal elsewhere after being refused service at the Majestic Square cafe.

"They caught me stealing cutlery [prior to the auction lunch]," the 29-year-old said.

Instead, Mr Miller and Mr Baxter attended a friend's birthday party where about 20 people watched "Uncle Baxter" perform the kick.

Mr Miller, a father-of-three who lives in Tawhero and plans to stand for council, was pleased with the winning bid.

But rather than buying new socks, Mr Miller said he used the money for his children's Christmas presents.

Other most-viewed Trade Me auctions from Wanganui sellers last year included an electronic scrum machine, a Great White shark cage dive and an SKS Carbine hunting gun.

Nationally, the right to bring down the quake-damaged Radio Network building in Christchurch rated as the most popular auction during 2012.

Nearly 460,000 views registered for the auction, which reached a winning bid of $26,000.

Six-year-old Jayden Halliwell, who was having cancer treatment at the time, set off the explosion after receiving special permission from the eight demolition companies which combined to make the wining bid.

The space on the bottom of a Wellington woman, reserved for a tattoo of the winner's choice, took out second place. Tina Beznec's "Your tattoo on my bum!!" was viewed 355,899 times before being won by Auckland strip club Calendar Girl's with a bid of $12,450.

Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford said several auctions on the 2012 most-viewed list had been "firsts" for the site - including Ms Beznec's tattoo space.

"It's been a pretty creative front from sellers."

An auction for the right to rename a man, which received more than 95,000 views and sold for $2021, had never before been done on Trade Me, he said.

A woman out to make the most of a break-up managed to rake in $355 and 89,688 views for selling the GPS spots to her ex-boyfriend's favourite fishing spaces in the Coromandel.

"I don't think we'd seen anything like this before," Mr Ford said.

Music lovers and Marmite auctions also created lots of traffic on the site during the year.

An auction for two days in the studio with Neil Finn and the sale for an original Miles Davis 1955 signed single were the third and fourth most viewed auctions.

Marmite auctions took out the fifth and sixth places on the list. A 25kg tub of the black spread registered nearly 153,000 views and sold for $2115.

A 500g jar, which had been burnt in a house fire, was checked about 146,000 times and sold for $200.

However, an auction has yet to rival the 2006 sale of a handbag used by ex-All Black Tana Umanga to whack his Hurricanes' team mate Chris Masoe - the most popular in the site's history.

"More than 1 million people viewed that ... and that was before we had Facebook or any social media," Mr Ford said.

"It would be a heck of a lot more now if it went up," he added.

- WANGANUI CHRONICLE

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