Illinois shaped corn flake seen as a gem

March 28, 2008 6:04:13 AM PDT
A corn flake shaped like the state of Illinois will join Jack Ruby's hat and Marilyn Monroe's datebook in a traveling exhibit.

An Internet trivia site submitted a winning bid of $1,350 for the famous flake, found by two sisters and put up for auction. The owner collects Americana items to put in a planned traveling museum.

"That's the most perfectly Illinois-shaped corn flake I've ever seen," said Jon Wolf as he accepted the flake, swaddled in a cotton-lined jewelry box.

The curator of flew from Austin, Texas, to take possession Tuesday of the flake at the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum in Williamsburg.

The flake will join a collection that includes Ruby's hat, worn the day he shot Lee Harvey Oswald, the assassin of President Kennedy; Ron Howard's letter jacket from "Happy Days"; and Monroe's datebook from the year she died.

"I've got a guy who does museum-quality mounting," Wolf said of the flake's future home.

Emily McIntire, 15, found the flake in a box of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. Inspired, she and her sister, Melissa McIntire, 23, of Chesapeake, Va., offered it for sale as "The Great Illinois Corn Flake."