A woman who said her apple pie bore the image of Jesus Christ, sold it for $65,000 on the auction site eBay.

84-year old Rachel Smith, from Farmington in Utah, claims she had just finished cooking four pies for her family, when she noticed a pattern resembling the face of Jesus Christ on one of the pastries.

Photos posted on eBay show what can be viewed as a clear image of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns, emblazoned on the pie.

Her miraculous dessert has attracted a lot of attention in the small community, and the elderly woman says she now wants to share it with the rest of the world.

“This pie is purely a miracle and blessing from God,” Ms. Smith told reporters. “You know what the Bible says? “The Lord works in mysterious ways”. I never expected God to manifest himself in my pastries, but you know… He is everywhere! I would like all people to be able to enjoy the loving presence of Jesus Christ, just like I have.”


The elderly woman says the miraculous pie has already brought her a lot of joy, and she now hopes is will make other people happy.

Many people have denounced the pie as a “probable fake”, stating that the image is too well-defined.

Indeed, over the last few years, sellers eager to make a quick buck or spread the faith, have auctioned off “miraculous” images of religious figures like Jesus and the Virgin Mary embedded in everything from a grilled cheese sandwich to a fish stick.

Several have found a willing buyer in the online casino site,, which snapped up many of the novelty items to put on display. confirmed that it placed the winning bid, and company executives said they were willing to spend “as much as it took” to own the prized pie.

grilledcheesemary had also purchased a grilled-cheese portrait of the Virgin Mary for $28,000 on eBay, in 2004.

In a statement, CEO Richard Rowe said he planned to use the dessert to raise money for charity.

He also said that he was not concerned by the allegations concerning the authenticity of the pie, saying he trusted Ms. Smith and that it was bought as a “novelty item, not a religious symbol”.


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