Eye auction generates no bids — charity next?
The auction has now closed and there were no bids for ad space on Robert Lee’s prosthetic eye.
But, the 47-year-old Kamloops resident said he’s not discouraged.
In a blog post following the conclusion of his auction, Lee said he was actually quite pleased with how the process went.
“The national attention I received with my plan of auctioning off logo space on my eye was simply amazing,” he wrote on myocularmelanoma.com.
Lee’s eBay auction closed on Saturday, Sept. 24.
He had been auctioning off a 12-millimetre oval on his prosthetic eye to the highest bidder.
The Rivershore Chrysler Jeep employee lost his left eye to cancer in August, and said he got the idea for the auction after his ocularist told him she once made a prosthetic eye with a Harley Davidson logo on it.
Lee was hoping to use the money raised to pay for his trips to and from Vancouver to meet with doctors, as well as the prosthetic eye itself. On his blog, Lee said he was hopeful the publicity generated by his story — which made headlines across Canada — would make people think more about their eye health.
“Life is not only for the seeing, it’s for the doing,” he said.
“But sight is the most important part of that equation in my estimation. Keep it with all your might.”
Lee said he’s considering holding another auction, this time with at least a portion of the money raised going to charity.