A noisy 25-year-old washing machine with a reserve of $1 has sold for more than $5000 on the auction website TradeMe.
Parent company Appliance Connexion confirmed the 100% chain of stores bought the scary washing machine for $5160 and might take it on a national tour.
The mid-1980s Kelvinator, which still washes clothes well, was described by its seller Mike Whittaker as once shaking so violently that he saw a porthole to another dimension open above it.
Dinosaurs peered back from the other dimension, he said.
The TradeMe page received more than 800,000 views and attracted a lot of media interest.
Mr Whittaker has set up a website www.scarywashingmachine.com and is now selling scary washing machine T-shirts.