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Man sells bed made of bottles

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WAIKANAE BEAC, New Zealand, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- A New Zealand man says he sold a bed made out of used beer bottles online for $3,000.

The bed, sold Wednesday, is comprised of 318 bottles and supports a single mattress, The Dominion Post reported.

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The bottles are placed standing up between two wooden plates. They are illuminated by florescent green light.

TradeMe Web site user pen25 won the online auction with a bid of $3,000, exceeding the reserve price of $2,500.

Steve Sandvoss, who built the bed, said he came up with the idea while drinking beers with a buddy that resulted in a pile of bottles. He decided there had to be a better use for the glass.

Sandvoss said he collected beer bottles from his family and friends to make the bed.

"They [the bottles] were all moldy and disgusting. It took about 20 hours and two liters [about a half gallon] of turps [solvent] to clean them up," he said.

The project took him about a year to complete, Sandvoss said, adding he is sad to see it go.

"I really like the bed and I wouldn't mind just hanging on to it because I really, really like it. I wouldn't mind having it in my lounge, I think I'll get really emotional when I sell it," he said.

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