SAN FRANCISCO (01/19/2000) - The man who tried and failed last year to auction a complete Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton online is having another go. Last July's eBay auction, like the recent one for the domain name Year2000.com, was marred by prank bids. This time the owner of the bones is using the auction services of Lycos, backed up by Millionaire.com, in order to prequalify bidders by verifying their financial status.
USA Today and the New York Times ran an AP story filed hours after the auction opened and before any bids had been registered. The BBC's later coverage cast some doubt on the efficacy of Millionaire.com's vetting service, noting a bid by one "dumbass507." On the Web, it's hard to keep a good dumbass down.