'Bachelor' Couple Hawk Engagement Ring
02/18/2004 AT 11:00 AM EST
The 2.75-carat Harry Winston diamond and platinum ring that Buerge presented to Eksterowicz during the 2002 season finale is up for auction on eBay (www.ebay.com/ring).
Bidding began at $17,500 for the ring, which is valued at $29,000. The auction ends Thursday, but as of Wednesday afternoon, there were no bids.
Buerge, a restaurateur from Missouri, and Eksterowicz, a school psychologist, were the handsome couple whose relationship sputtered when the filming stopped. Buerge reportedly dumped the teacher at a Starbucks, but he did say she could keep the ring so long as she did not sell it.
"I'm not engaged, and I'm not wearing it -- I don't want to ward off any potential suitors," Eksterowicz tells the New York Post. "It's just going to waste right now."
So Eksterowicz and Buerge agreed to split the proceeds, and the teacher said she would donate any money she receives from the sale.
The winning bidder stands to walk away with more than just a ring. The sale package accompanying the costly rock includes a meet-and-greet with Helene and Aaron in New York City, as well as T-shirts and shot glasses from Trolley's Grille, Buerge's restaurant.
Also included with the ring will be a copy of "Nobody's Perfect: What to Do When You've Fallen for a Jerk but You Want to Make It Work." Eksterowicz co-wrote the book with Gwen Gioia, also a contestant on the second season of "The Bachelor." Although the two New Jersey residents were rivals on the show, they became fast friends after Eksterowicz and Buerge's falling out.
They initially wanted to write a tell-all about their experiences on the show, but confidentiality agreements the pair had signed prevented them from doing that. Instead, they plotted to write "Nobody's Perfect," an advice title that hit shelves this month, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
The book is broken up into bite-size chapters that detail the many shortcomings of men such as "Mr. Cheapskate," "Senor Don Juan" and "The Cad."