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EVE Online Ship Attracts $40K Bid in Charity Auction

Kotaku has details on an EVE Online rare spaceship that's attracted an eye-popping $40,000 USD in a PLEX for GOOD for the Australian Bushfires charity auction. This shows that Star Citizen is not the only space game where virtual ships can command startling price-tags. Word is: "One player, known in-game as Kelon Darklight, has decided to post an ultra-rare ship up for auction and has promised to donate the proceeds to the PLEX for Good drive, assuming his reserve of one trillion ISK—roughly $13,000—is met." They note that only five examples of this ship were known to exist, and three of them have been destroyed. Here are some details:
Manley opened his bidding at a mind-blowing 1,000,000 PLEX—around 3.5 trillion ISK, the rough equivalent of 160 years of EVE game time—which is something in the neighborhood of $40,000 USD. Sources at CCP Games have confirmed that Manley has the PLEX in his account to complete the transaction. If it were to be completed, it would be the largest single-ship transaction in EVE Online’s history.

CCP Convict, a Community Developer for EVE, told Kotaku, “If successful, this auction would lead to tens of thousands of dollars being added to the PLEX for GOOD campaign wallet and we at CCP hope that both Kelon Darklight and Scott Manley are able to reach an amicable conclusion to this auction.”