New Zealand houseplant sells for $19,200 in online bidding war
June 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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A houseplant with just nine leaves has sold for a record-breaking $19,297 on a New Zealand auction site.
(CNN)A houseplant with just nine leaves has sold for a record-breaking $19,297 on a New Zealand auction site.
Trade Me spokesperson Millie Silvester told CNN that the plant was "the most expensive houseplant ever sold" on the auction site.
"After a heated bidding war in the auction's final minutes, the rare plant had over 102,000 views and more than 1,600 watchlists, which just goes to show how much Kiwis adore houseplants," she said in a statement emailed to CNN.
Silvester said the average price for an indoor plant on Trade Me had jumped from 34 NZD in May 2019 to 82 NZD last month with rare varieties commanding "massive prices. "
Late last year, the same seller listed a variegated Monstera plant on Trade Me that sold for 6,551 NZD, promising 1,000 NZD of the proceeds to charity.