Britney Spears' used chewing gum is making hundreds of dollars on eBAY - but the bidding was forced to stop temporarily following DNA human rights concerns.

Bids had already reached a massive $504 (GBP280) when the internet auction site realised the sale contravened its Human Body Parts And Remains Policy.

According to the listing, the gum - complete with her bite marks - was preserved in an airtight container after the 22-year-old star spat it out while staying in a London hotel earlier this year (04).

Potential buyers were told, "For you budding scientists out there, this means Britney's DNA is all over the place."

The seller was forced to withdraw the gum, but yesterday (26AUG04) it was back up for sale.

The revised description reads: "I am now allowed to list this item with a few alterations to my wording... this is the original gum that Britney spat out during her stay in the Sanderson Hotel in February (04).

"It has not been touched since it was in Britney's mouth. It is completely preserved. This is the chance to own a bit of pop history... right from the mouth of the pop princess herself."

An eBay spokesperson says, "The main selling point was the DNA which was not allowed".

The auction is due to run until 5 September (04).

27/08/2004 14:17