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´Incest room for rent´ - eBay remove Fritzl flat

Incest beast Josef Fritzl's flat has been removed from an online auction by eBay after more than 300 people bid to stay there for a night during his trial next month.

The dungeon demon's current tenant Anton Kraushofer was hoping to make 800 Euros a night from the flat's notoriety.

But eBay Austria bosses have now removed the listing, claiming it had been entered into the wrong category.

"Nobody has given me a real answer as to what I did wrong so I'm going to try again," said lorry driver Kraushofer.

Using his eBay identity 'Bikerlady 77', the 33-year-old had the brainwave of cashing in on the flat in Sankt Pölten, Lower Austria, after seeing that the town's hotels were fully booked for Fritzl's trial.

Sick fans can get an authentic feel for Fritzl's evil at the apartment, where he was a regular visitor and carried out all the maintenance work.

"He was a neat, completely normal looking pensioner – always friendly and kind. He probably was a bit wealthy because he was driving a Mercedes," said Kraushofer.

Now Kraushofer listed the apartment again. The new auction ends on 21 February, 12.59pm. The highest bidder may stay in the flat from 15 to 23 March.

eBay refused to comment on the row.

The offer by Kraushofer says: "Journalists may be my guests. Whoever appreciates my hospitality will received exclusive background information on the case."

The whole Fritzl estate – a two storey building featuring seven flats, a pizzeria, a shoe shop and 13 parking spots is up for sale for 650,000 Euros.

Josef Fritzl, 74, used his daughter Elisabeth as his sex slave for 24 years after imprisoning her in a basement dungeon under the family home in nearby Amstetten.

She bore seven children by her evil dad - one of whom he is accused of killing by failing to get medical help when the boy was born with breathing difficulties. An eighth pregnancy ended in miscarriage.

Fritzl is due in court on 16 March for a five-day trail in Sankt Pölten where he faces charges of murder, rape, slavery, incest, imprisonment and abuse.

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