CHICAGO – A grilled cheese sandwich with the likeness of the biblical Joseph fetched a modest $118 in an online auction this week. The man who grilled the sandwich over a month ago, Alan Vanresk, had bagged it up and forgotten it.
“I was cleaning out the fridge, and ran across the sandwich, which I was going to take to work a while back,” said Vanresk. “I was going to toss it out, but I noticed it looked a lot like Joseph from a book I read in Sunday school.”
Other grilled cheese sandwiches with likenesses of Jesus or the Virgin Mary have commanded far greater attention and prices, including one that sold for $25,000 in 2004.
Asked if he considered the apparition a miracle, Vanresk squinted and replied, “No, I don’t think so. Most of the sandwiches I make in this skillet end up like Merlin Olsen.”