Now you too can own a piece of history. Richard Heene, who is also known as ‘Balloon Boys’ dad, has put up the infamous balloon used during the family’s 2009 publicity stunt up for auction on his website. The asking price– a cool $1 million.
The balloon is currently up for auction on the Heene family website, but anyone can purchase the balloon outright at anytime up until June 7th for $1 million.
The Heene family insist that any money they receive from the auction will go directly to an unnamed charity that according to the Heene family website, “is helping with the Japanese cause”and that “This is your chance to own a piece of documented media history will benefiting those in need.”
According to the website, Heene is also planning on giving the winning bidder extra incentives to spend the money on the balloon. The original plans Heene used to create the saucer will be included if the winning bidder pays at least $10,000. Anyone who pays over $50,000 will receive photos of the family building the saucer. Anyone who pays $100,000 or more they will receive a DVD of the family building the saucer. A receipt from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office who were on the scene during the event, will also accompany the saucer.
But money is not only what the family is interested in. Anyone who makes a bid is required to answer several questions including basic information about themselves to “How you plan on using the saucer?” “Do you believe flying saucers have been around for years?” and “If you want to see saucers become a way of every day travel?”
The family originally made headlines in October of 2009 when Heene contacted local police in Fort Collins, Colorado claiming that his son was trapped inside of the balloon that had floated away. It was later discovered that the young boy had been inside the family’s home the entire time. The event was rendered a hoax during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, 6-year-old Falcon Heene admitted to not coming out of hiding in his house blaming his parents, “You guys said that we did this for the show.”