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Ontario man asking $29.99 for 6-year-old McDonald's cheeseburger and fries

"The fries are stunningly good looking. The fries look like they were purchased this morning," says farmer Dave Alexander.

'ORIGINAL OWNER – Never eaten,' boasts the item's description on eBay

Dave Alexander is selling a six-year-old McDonald's cheeseburger and fries on eBay. (Dave Alexander/EBay)

Dave Alexander says the cheeseburger and fries he bought from McDonald's six years ago and placed on a shelf are "surprisingly decent looking still."

"The fries are stunningly good looking. The fries look like they were purchased this morning," the rural Ontario farmer told As It Happens guest host Robyn Bresnahan.

"The burger itself has darkened a little bit. The bun is about as hard as a hockey puck, but it looks just like it's brand new cosmetically."

Alexander says the fries are 'beautiful,' but the burger meat has darkened a little. (Dave Alexander/EBay)

Alexander, who lives on a farm in Staffa, Ont., north of London, is downsizing his home and decided to sell the meal on eBay with a starting bid of $29.99.

"ORIGINAL OWNER – Never eaten," boasts the item description.

There were zero bids as of Thursday evening, but Alexander's not worried. 

"It basically has petrified itself. It looks very sellable," he said. "I'm going to assume that someone's going to rehome my cheeseburger."

Alexander said he asked his daughter to buy the McDonald's meal on June 7, 2012, as an experiment. He'd heard of fast food burgers lasting for years without rotting and wanted to find out if it was an urban legend. 

It's not.

"We live in the country and we've never seen a fly land on it. Ever," he said. 

He also has a five-year-old homemade burger and fries that he placed next to the McDonald's meal for comparison.

The five-year-old homemade burger and fries isn't as fresh looking as the McDonald's food. (Submitted by Dave Alexander )

That one, he said, hasn't fared so well.

"The cheese on the homemade one, especially the french fries, the potatoes, just look like little bits of charcoal right now," he said.

Asked if he'll miss fast food relic once it sells, he said: "I've been looking at it for six years, so now that it's moving, yeah, it's a thing. But I'm sure we'll move on."

Written by Sheena Goodyear. Produced by Imogen Birchard.