Bicycle PM rode being auctioned for $200 thousand

Tel Aviv municipal worker advertises Tel-O-Fun bike PM rode three years ago as still having Netanyahu's 'DNA sample' on it.

Cynthia Blank,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

A Tel-O-Fun bicycle Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu rode in Tel Aviv three years ago is on sale on the popular WeBidz auction website for the exorbitant price of 200 thousand dollars.

The ad was posted on the site Tuesday, Yedioth Ahronoth reports, by a man who identified himself as a Tel Aviv municipal worker. 

"My name is Gili and work for the city of Tel Aviv," he wrote. "You're dealing with a bicycle used by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, when he traveled with it in the center of Tel Aviv in Israel."

As to how the municipal worker got his hands on the bike, he explained: "After (Netanyahu) finished the ride, I asked his security guard if I could take the bike and he said no problem. I kept the bike in my room for three years and just waited for the moment I could sell it. The moment has come, people!!! The bike still has a DNA sample from the Prime Minister on it."

Gili said betting will be open until the beginning of February and that his target goal is the aforementioned $200,000.

Neither the Tel-O-Fun company nor the Tel Aviv municipality were amused by the would-be entrepreneur's antics, with Tel-O-Fun blasting it as "a criminal theft" and the municipality threatening to file a police complaint. 

"We're constantly worried the bicycles will be stolen," Tel-O-Fun told Yedioth. "To deliberately take a bike to make money is a scandal and we consider it a very serious offense."

It is not the first time Israelis have tried to profit off objects touched by their Prime Minister. Two years ago an Israeli women tried to auction off a cast used by Netanyahu after he broke his leg during a soccer match on the same website. 

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