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Selling a man's treasure

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Selling a man's treasure
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A unique item is up for bid on eBay: A six foot long model of the Titanic. For years it was showcased in the Town of Vienna and was one man's pride and joy. After years of turning down interested buyers, YNN's Cara Thomas tells us why its owners are now ready to pass it on to someone new.

VIENNA, N.Y. -- Doreen Weeden's husband always kept her on her toes.

She said, "I never knew what he was going to bring home, to the store to sell, but this, he would not sell. This would be his pride and joy."

The Weedens owned a Mini Mall in Vienna where vendors sold collectibles and antiques. David Weeden was always looking for new things to add to the store and in 2004, he made a purchase like no other: A six foot long AC Gilbert Erector Set Model of the Titanic. For six years, he proudly displayed his model at the entrance of Weeden's Mini Mall for all to see.

"He loved to show it and to display it and to tell the story behind it. Little children would come up and he'd have books for them, he would give them books on it. And he just loved to see people looking at this beautiful model of the Titanic," said Mrs. Weeden.

Weeden always had a passion for history and documentaries and his wife said the story surrounding the Titanic held a special place in his heart. In August, Weeden's health took a turn for the worse. He lost his battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Doreen Weeden said, "He had a lot of plans for it, because it lights up at the bottom. He wanted to put little scenes in there, different compartments, different stories behind it. But, of course, he took sick and wasn't able to complete his plans that he had for it."

Instead of holding on to their loved one's treasure, Weeden's family is auctioning off the model on eBay. The bidding began at 99 cents and the price is now more than 200 dollars.

She said, "It's very, very special and I know it meant a lot to my husband and I know he'd be so happy to know it got put somewhere where somebody really enjoyed the story behind it."

Weeden's family says this model is very unique, they've only seen one other Erecter Set model like it. They believe the model was built in the 1930s and has been kept in very good condition. Bidding ends Saturday.

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