A two-litre bottle of McDonald’s Szechuan sauce has sold on eBay for almost $20K after a prolonged bidding war inspired by the latest season of ‘Rick and Morty‘.

The bottle – based upon the cult fave sold by Maccas for a short time in 1998 to promote the release of ‘Mulan‘ – was sent to ‘Rick and Morty‘ fan/writer Robert Workman earlier this month. He was one of three of the show’s fans who – along with co-creator Justin Roiland – was gifted with the sauce.

From his home in Colorado, Workman chucked his score on eBay “to settle some bills and help out a couple of charities in the process“.

Ten percent of proceeds from the sale of the new, unsealed bottle will be going to Extra Life, a fundraising initiative for gamers which raises money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. An extra 10% (or maybe more!) is set to go to other charities, including AbleGamers, who work to bring the joy of gamin’ to differently abled people.

After 111 bids, the auction came to a close late on Thursday night US time, having gained the attention of people as illustrious as deadmau5.

The Mickey D’s Szechuan sauce, sold inside a ‘Rick and Morty‘-inspired Pelican camera case, went for a whopping $19,450 – over $15K in USD.

Workman assured any disbelievers that his intentions were pure, and that he intended to ensure that the successful bidder is a true spice fiend:

I hold McDonald’s and Chef Mike [Haracz] in the highest respect. I really do. Mike has done an amazing job bringing this back for some lucky people to enjoy and I will do everything in my power to assure that it’s in the hands of someone that will truly enjoy it with a party of people, instead of just letting it rot away on a shelf for all to see. The point of this sauce is for people to enjoy it – not necessarily me, but whoever ends up with it. No matter what amount it ends up at, I hope it ends up in the hands of someone that will thoroughly enjoy it.

Almost 18 hours after bidding closed, Workman posted on Twitter to say that he had not heard from the winner of the item or received payment yet. There’s no reason to panic though, as eBay buyers have 48 hours to pay, and the buyer in question apparently has all positive feedback, although hasn’t purchased anything in a few months.

Earlier this year, a 20-year-old unopened packet of the OG sauce found in the back of someone’s car sold on eBay for roughly the same amount after another bidding war, because the people love that burnin’ feeling, wubba lubba dub dub.

Source: A.V. Club
Image: Rick and Morty