POINT PLACE -- A Toledo area family has now sold a pie that some say has a vision of Jesus Christ on it. The Lees says they found it on Easter and it was too good to eat, so they put the blessed pastry on the online auction site eBay. Now it has sold for $1775 to an online casino.
Donna Lee has kept the image of Jesus frozen in a plastic bag since that holiday in April. She first noticed it while cooking pierogi's. "The last one I flipped over was Jesus, so I flipped the spatula, and my husband goes, 'What? There's Jesus!' and he goes, 'Oh my God!'" said Donna. Her husband agreed, saying, "There's a face on our pierogi and we choose to believe on Easter it's Jesus."
The image of Christ was on one of 12 pierogi's that came from the store. For the uninitiated, a pierogi is a Polish delicacy made up of a pouch of dough filled with a savory filling like meat, cheese, or vegetables, and cooked by boiling and then pan-frying. It's very similar to a dumpling. "They're usually browned one side and browned on the other but this one was the only one that didn't brown on both sides," said Donna. "It's very special and they've made a joke of me since April, so I don't know, it just means a lot to me."
Donna works at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, and the doctors there don't apparently think it's a joke. "I don't know to explain it, but the doctors at the hospital say, 'Before I go into surgery let me touch you,' and I say please don't."
Both Donna and her husband were born and raised Catholic. They pray daily and also understand that some would consider this pretty bizarre.
So what will the Lees do with the heavenly pastry? "We thought we put it on eBay and see what happens," said Tommy. They set the minimum bid at $500 dollars. "Everything happens for a reason, and I think this one did. I truly do," said Donna. By Monday afternoon, the auction ended, with Golden Palace Casino winning the pie for $1775.
Last fall, a woman sold a grilled cheese sandwich with a vision of the Virgin Mary on eBay for $28,000 dollars to Golden Palace Casino. The company says it will put the pierogi with its travelling road show of oddities.
On the Web:
eBay Listing for Jesus Pierogi
Updated by AEB