Maria Duran has been selling 11 square foot plots of the sun for $1 each on auctioning site eBay before the site shut her listing down. Ms. Duran is now suing eBay, claiming they have violated their seller agreement and seeks damages of $11,000.
Setting her sights at approximately 149,600,000 kms, Ms. Duran shrewdly snapped up ownership for the giant ball of burning gas that provides the fuel for all life as we know it in 2010. Claiming she took advantage of a ‘loophole’ in the UN’s Outer Space Treaty, that states no nation can claim ownership to a heavenly body. However, as Maria is keen to point out, it says nothing about individual ownership.
“There was no snag, I backed my claim legally, I am not stupid, I know the law. I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first” she told the MailOnline in 2010.
In support of her claim to the Sun, she is in possession of a notary public document that states her to be “the owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, located at an average distance from Earth of about 149,600,000 kilometers.” Not bad.
While looking at other ways to monetise her claim aside from selling real estate, Maria also threatened to start lawsuits on users of solar energy. It is not clear at this time how she intends to cut non-payers off from the service she is providing.
One astute reader did point out: “Fantastic! Since she’s the legal owner of the Sun, that means anyone who’s gotten a painful sunburn, melonoma, etc. from sunbathing can now sue her. Let the court cases begin!”