DENVER (AP) — A Colorado man who bought the balloon boy saucer says he plans to display it at his sports card store in the Denver suburb of Aurora, then cut it up for souvenirs.
Michael Fruitman says he acquired the inflatable from a California attorney representing Richard and Mayumi Heene (HEE’-nee), who says Fruitman paid $2,502 for it in an auction.
Fruitman says it will go on display Thursday at Mike’s Stadium Sportscards.
The silver, UFO-like helium balloon gripped the country’s attention in 2009 when the Heenes said their 6-year-old son had floated away in it.
They were charged when it was discovered the boy was never onboard and had to pay $36,000 in restitution.
The Heenes lived in Fort Collins at the time but moved to Florida.