If you’ve ever wanted to own a used barrel-and-suspenders contraption once worn by a nearly naked older fellow who looked sort of like a gold prospector — and really, who hasn’t? — now is your chance.
The “extremely rare” used barrel for sale on Ebay isn’t as weird as it sounds. It was the eponymous main ingredient in a costume made famous by Denver Broncos superfan Tim “Barrel Man” McKernan, who attended football games since 1977 wearing nothing but the barrel, a cowboy hat and a pair of boots.
McKernan died in 2009, but his memorabilia lives on. According to the Denver Post, he acquired 21 barrels over his lifetime and one, worn during Super Bowl XXXII — during which the Broncos beat the Green Bay Packers — fetched $30,000 on Ebay.
The latest offering was worn during the 2000-01 season, according the Ebay auction, and comes “complete with a signed Letter of Authenticity from Mrs. Becky McKernan,” Barrel Man’s widow.
Bids begin at $300 or “buy it now” at $500, but this barrel doesn’t seem to have the same allure as the other. As of Friday morning, no one had bid on it. The auction runs through June 2.
McKernan, a former airline mechanic, was a beloved figure in Denver and even the Broncos paid him respects upon his death.
“The No. 1 neat thing about him was that he was not about using this as a tool for making money,” team spokesman Jim Saccamano told the Denver Post at the time. “It was all about supporting the team. … Tim was a was a model of decorum. He will be missed.”
One note for interested barrel-bidders, however — the auction warns that its new owner must pick it up in Denver because it’s “just too large to ship.”
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