A pair of “haunted” sneakers said to contain the spirit of an Irish child from the 1990s went up for auction on eBay and sold for $118.50.
The Adidas Billy body canvas trainers supposedly belonged to Keith, who is said to be “a delightful, friendly and polite spirit,” the Irish Mirror reports.
In the item description, the seller, who is located in Germany, explained the story behind the shoes: “I was living in Cork – second biggest city in Ireland - for some time a few years ago. There’s a Market & Car Boot Sale in a small town Fermoy near Cork every Sunday.
“One Sunday morning I went there to see what people sell. These little sneakers caught my eye. I decided to buy them as a souvenir. A nice elderly lady was selling them. After I bought them from her she said: ‘Oh, dear, you’ve made the right choice. You’ll like them a lot’ and then she winked at me. I got a weird vibe from that lady.”
The seller continues: “Strange things started happening when I brought the sneakers home.
"I could feel that there’s someone else in the room even though I was alone.
“I also heard footsteps upstairs, like someone running. Sometimes the bathroom door was open, but I never leave it open.
“One day I saw a shadow coming out of the sneakers. They were on a chair in the living room. The shadow looked like a child’s shape.
“First I thought, that’s just my imagination, but later witnessed the same shadow moving from the sneakers a number of times.
“I decided to go to the market again and see if the lady was there again. She was indeed. I told her about my experience. She just smiled and said that I don’t need to worry, little Keith is a nice boy. I was puzzled and asked her what she meant. She added ‘He likes chocolate and 90s music.’ I wanted to know more, but the lady smiled and said that she has to get back to work. She didn’t say anything more.”
“One morning I left a small piece of chocolate on the kitchen table before went to work. The chocolate wasn’t there when I came home. I kept doing that every day.
“I decided to turn on some 90s music. I like it too. I turned on Rednex ‘Cotton Eye Joe’ and started dancing. I could feel that someone was dancing with me. That was a weird, but nice feeling.
“That was the moment I knew for sure that Keith is real. We have a lot of fun with him since then. We listen to 90s music very often.
“He likes Green Day, Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, No Doubt and other 90s bands and singers. We also listen to other popular music, but Keith’s favorite is 90s. He always dances with me.
“I often see his shadow and hear him. Sometimes he scares me, but I know he doesn’t mean it.
The seller also said why she put the sneakers on Ebay.
“I have them for around 5 years along with the spirit. I know that Keith wants some changes, he’s getting bored. I’ve decided it’s time to give him away no matter how sad it is.
“I really hope that the new owner will be a nice person. The most important thing is to give Keith chocolate and listen to 90s music with him. The sneakers of course need to be kept clean.
“The winner of this auction will receive a pair of kids sneakers. They’re obviously worn. Please see pictures. Size 6.5 US, 6UK. No shoe laces. Brand: Bill Body by Adidas.”
Fourteen people bid on the sneakers before the auction ended.