Teen Auctions Off Puffy Dorito on eBay With Bids Coming in at $73,000

An Australian teenager is auctioning off a misshapen snack item for a potentially huge sum of money.

On Monday, 13-year-old Rylee Stuart was eating a $3 AUD bag of Doritos when she found a chip that differed in appearance from the others. The chip was puffy rather than flat and decidedly three-dimensional as a result.

"I was about to eat it, and I thought I better save it for later," Stuart, who is from Upper Coomera, Queensland, Australia, told the national news outlet 9News.

Every so often, eBay makes the news for allowing vendors to buy and sell out-of-the-ordinary items. In January, Texas woman Tobey King, inspired by the popular "Bernie Sanders mittens" meme, sold a hand-crocheted Sanders-inspired doll for $20,300 on the site; the proceeds, she said, went to the charity Meals on Wheels. In February, multiple people tried to sell invitations to the speech-based social media platform Clubhouse for hundreds of dollars, apparently without success.

Taking to her "secret" TikTok account, @m0mmymilkerza, Stuart filmed herself handling the chip and asked her followers, "Is this valuable or should I just eat it? Tell me please!" So far, the video has more than 3.9 million views and 520,000 likes. In the comments, TikTokers encouraged Stuart to list it on eBay.

Their advice turned out to be sound. Since Stuart put the chip up for sale on Tuesday, 14 bidders have submitted 86 bids, nudging the price from $0.99 AUD to $99,999 AUD [around $73,720 USD] in the process.

"[I]f this is real I'm gonna cry but just in case some one cancels it I'm gonna keep stable for now but omg," she wrote in a follow-up TikTok once bidding reached $20,000 AUD [around $14,775 USD] on July 20.

Considering more than four days remain in the seven-day auction, though, it is perfectly feasible that Stuart could break $100,000 AUD. Who will benefit from the potential payday, however, remains to be seen. Stuart and her father are disputing each other's claim to the chip.

"Dad is saying that since he bought the packet it's his chip, but I ate the packet and found it, so I believe it is mine," Stuart told 9 News.

However, there don't seem to be any hard feelings between the two, as Stuart's father has jokingly described her as his "favorite daughter," news.com.au reported.

Stuart is keeping the chip in a Tupperware container to prevent it from breaking in the meantime, according to another follow-up TikTok.

Not bad for an investment of $3 AUD.

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Australian teenager Rylee Stuart is auctioning off a rare puffy Dorito on the site. The eBay icon displayed on a phone screen. MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images