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Old 20th July 2007, 05:34 PM
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Sell your wife. Buy domains.

Wife for sale on net.

A north Wales man has withdrawn his wife from a internet auction and insists his action was "a joke".

Although Andy and Mel enjoyed their joke on the web, the idea of putting up a wife for sale has historical precedence in England and Wales.

A divorce in 18th century was difficult for the aristocracy to obtain and an impossibility for ordinary people with no political clout.

To get over this they devised the means to dissolve unhappy marriages with a wife sale.

So popular was this device that it was only due to Victorian objection that the practice was finally abolished.

When wife selling was at its most popular, there were around 300 sales between the years of 1780 and 1850.

While this method of separation was never legally sanctioned, the law tended to turn a blind eye as long as the sale was agreeable to all parties involved.

Because wife selling was not legal, with no papers being issued to either party making the separation official, these sales were conducted in public to make the separation a witnessed fact.

Market day was the usual venue and it was quite popular to conduct wife sales in a market square, much to the delight of the crowd.

To further link the sale to the market place, the wife to be sold had a halter placed around her neck and was led to the auction block by her husband.

However, these sales were conducted only by mutual consent. A husband could not drag his wife to market and open the bidding if she was reluctant.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/3109533.stm

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