A Christchurch woman is auctioning two "captured ghosts" that she believes have haunted her house.
Avie Woodbury is selling two vials – which she says contain spirits exorcised from her New Brighton home – on Trade Me.
Woodbury said she called in an exorcist last July, after "bizarre activity" in her home.
"I was freaked out," Woodbury said.
"At night, there would be footprints by the door that couldn't be made unless you were standing right against the glass.
"I'd hear voices like my partner was yelling out, but he'd be somewhere else in the house.
"Our dog wouldn't go in certain rooms at certain times; he'd really get quite nasty and growl."
She contacted spiritualist churches and they referred her to an exorcist.
He "captured" the ghosts in two vials containing "holy water" to dull the spirits' energy, and put them to sleep.
Woodbury said she was told the spirits could be revived if the vials' contents were poured out and allowed to evaporate.
Auction watchers had questioned the validity of the vials and the morality of selling someone's soul.
However, the bidding sat at $100 last night.
Woodbury said she would continue with the sale.
"I just want to get rid of them as they scare me," she said.
"I'd just like these bottles to go to a kind person."
After speaking to neighbours, Woodbury believed one of the ghosts was Les Graham, a man who lived in her house in the 1920s.
However, her attempts to trace Graham's family had failed.
She believed the other spirit was a little girl. Woodbury said the disturbances had stopped after the spirits were captured.
Academic and sceptic, Professor Felicity Goodyear-Smith, said it was likely that Woodbury was selling " bottles of water".
"Unless there is extraordinary evidence, the assumption would be that they are just bottles of water."
Goodyear-Smith said people would "read into things" according to their beliefs.
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