Swap­ping love for a new ute

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - RUBY MACANDREW

Up­per Hutt man Kelvin Acutt is mak­ing the most of a bad sit­u­a­tion, auc­tion­ing a $6299 en­gage­ment ring, in the hopes of re­plac­ing love with a new ute.

The one-carat di­a­mond ring was in­tended for his girl­friend of two years, who un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously broke up with him two weeks af­ter he had pur­chased the en­gage­ment ring at ‘‘a price that was steeper than the side of a chicken’s face’’.

The 22-year-old posted on auc­tion site Trade Me say­ing that hav­ing ‘‘a ring with­out a pretty fin­ger to put it on’’ meant it was time to sell and he was hop­ing some­one would pur­chase the brand new white gold ring for a pretty penny.

‘‘I’m not sure what I want it to go for but I’m stuck with sell­ing it any­way so we’ll see.’’

While the ring had a start­ing price and re­serve of just $1, bid­ding was near­ing $3000 with two days left on the auc­tion.

How­ever, Acutt said he wanted to sell the ring for a good price so he could buy a ute and ‘‘do cool stuff in it like hunt­ing and burnouts.’’

‘‘I know I can trust the ute to love me un­con­di­tion­ally.’’

The break up hap­pened af­ter he had re­turned from a four­month Army train­ing stint, with his then-girl­friend un­aware he had planned to pro­pose.

De­spite the failed re­la­tion­ship, Acutt said he had no hard feel­ing to­wards his ex but was ready to move on.

He said the auc­tion had so far been a good way to get over the break up while hav­ing a laugh with his friends.

‘‘Me and the boys are al­ways hav­ing a bit of ban­ter and we thought we would share some laughs on the post and get some views,’’ Acutt said.

‘‘It’s been an on­go­ing piece of en­ter­tain­ment for us all.’’

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