Stolen 1994 ARIA award for The Cruel Sea listed on Facebook Marketplace

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A possibly stolen ARIA award from 1994 is mysteriously listed on Facebook Marketplace with a starting price of $1


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A unique – and possibly stolen – item has appeared on Facebook Marketplace in one of the strangest listings ever seen on the social media site.

An ARIA award that was won by Australian indie rock band The Cruel Sea in 1994 for their hit song The Honeymoon is Over was listed this week with a starting price of $1.

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The award was reportedly stolen during an ARIA afterparty on the same night frontman Tex Perkins got into a fight with a drunk guest who was harassing his girlfriend Kristyna Higgins.

The listing: A possibly stolen ARIA award has appeared on Facebook Marketplace in one of the strangest listings ever seen on the social media site

The listing: A possibly stolen ARIA award has appeared on Facebook Marketplace in one of the strangest listings ever seen on the social media site

‘ARIA. The 8th Annual ARIA Awards. Best Australia Single. The Honeymoon Is Over. By The Cruel Sea. Wednesday 30th March, 1994,’ the Facebook listing read.  

‘I am wanting to sell it, so please make a OFFER,’ it continued. ‘Also have a 1994 News paper Article about This ARIA being taken for ransom.’

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The seller told potential buyers they could ‘pick up’ the award from Darlinghurst. 

Rightful owners? An ARIA award that was won by Australian indie rock band The Cruel Sea in 1994 for their hit song The Honeymoon is Over was listed this week with a starting price of $1

Rightful owners? An ARIA award that was won by Australian indie rock band The Cruel Sea in 1994 for their hit song The Honeymoon is Over was listed this week with a starting price of $1

The advertisement was removed from Facebook Marketplace on Wednesday.

A newspaper article from 1994, which the seller included, featured a ransom note with a list of demands from a group of people who claimed they’d stolen the award.  

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The group, who referred to themselves as ‘Tex Will Not Answer Our Demands’, wrote to Triple J: ‘We have an ARIA award – we pinched it right for the common good.’

History: The award was reportedly stolen during an afterparty on the same night frontman Tex Perkins (right) got into a fight with a drunk man who was harassing his girlfriend Kristyna Higgins. Pictured: The Cruel Sea winning Best Group on March 30, 1994

History: The award was reportedly stolen during an afterparty on the same night frontman Tex Perkins (right) got into a fight with a drunk man who was harassing his girlfriend Kristyna Higgins. Pictured: The Cruel Sea winning Best Group on March 30, 1994

‘That sterling band The Cruel Sea, or Schindler’s Sea as we prefer to know them now, turned their heads for a second and we nicked it. Ask them,’ the note read.

The group strangely demanded that international artists Bryan Adams, Richard Marx and Michael Bolton be denied Australian visas.

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They also requested that former Hey Dad…! star Matthew Krok be ‘exterminated from the small screen’. 

Gone: The advertisement was removed from Facebook Marketplace on Wednesday. Pictured: Tex Perkins performing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25, 2015

Gone: The advertisement was removed from Facebook Marketplace on Wednesday. Pictured: Tex Perkins performing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25, 2015

The group’s most realistic demand was assurance that The Cruel Sea’s guitarist James Cruickshank – who died in 2015 – not be dropped from the band’s line-up. 

The requests were ignored and the award has been missing ever since.

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Before the listing was removed from Facebook Marketplace, the seller explained they’d found the award ‘in the bin’ shortly after discovering the newspaper story.

They also claimed they’d previously been offered up to $1,000 for the award.  

Bizarre: A newspaper article from 1994, which the seller included, featured a ransom note with a list of demands from a group of people who claimed they'd stolen the award. The group's most realistic demand was assurance that The Cruel Sea's guitarist James Cruickshank (pictured in 2008) not be dropped from the band's line-up

Bizarre: A newspaper article from 1994, which the seller included, featured a ransom note with a list of demands from a group of people who claimed they’d stolen the award. The group’s most realistic demand was assurance that The Cruel Sea’s guitarist James Cruickshank (pictured in 2008) not be dropped from the band’s line-up

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